The National Park Service invites the public to celebrate 101 years of service during Junior Ranger Day and National Park Week, April 15-23, 2017. Free, family-friendly, interactive programs focusing on national parks will be available at the Old Courthouse, part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. These events are happening daily, but check out the April calendar of events to see all of the other special programs happening in celebration of NPS week!
Junior Ranger Programs: Daily, April 15-23
Kids ages 5-15 can earn two limited-edition Junior Ranger badges at the Old Courthouse by completing activity booklets for the National Park Service Centennial and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. A third Junior Ranger badge can be earned at the Gateway Arch.
Dress Like a Ranger Selfie Station: Daily, April 15-23
Kids can dress up as park rangers and pose with a life-size cut-out of former Park Ranger President Gerald Ford, work on a national park puzzle, collect stickers and learn about national park stories, icons, and symbols.
Every Kid in a Park Free National Park Pass: Daily, April 15-23
This special initiative gives fourth graders and their families a chance to visit hundreds of America’s special places—including the Gateway Arch!—with the Every Kid in a Park pass. Go to www.everykidinapark.gov before your park visit to print off your voucher. There will also be opportunities at the park for kids with no computer access to earn this pass throughout National Park Week.