Yosemite, CA – Yosemite National Park breaks a record in the number of youth participating in one of its educational programs.
Park officials have sworn in 22,600 Junior Rangers this year — the most ever in a year. Park Spokesperson Ashely Mayer says a reason for the spike may be due to fourth graders. She explains, “We do have the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ program that allows all fourth graders to come with their families. So, perhaps that has played a role in this Junior Rangers record but regardless we are really excited.” As previously reported, that program, initiated by the Obama Administration, provided a free yearlong pass for the students and their families to visit national parks.
Mayer adds that becoming a Junior Rangers requires some work. Kids must attend the Junior Ranger program or complete a booklet, then take an oath to continue to explore, learn, and protect Yosemite. In return, the youngster receives a Junior Ranger badge.
The program is part of the Junior Ranger Nature School, which began in 1930 with 410 children in attendance.