Gunpowder Falls State Park Invites Youth To Become Junior Rangers & Park Pals This Summer

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Frederick County, Md. — Gunpowder Falls State Park invites parents to enroll their children to participate in its affordable, outdoor environmental activities this summer. Registration is now currently open for Junior Rangers and Park Pals programs at five different locations in Gunpowder Falls State Park.

“Spending part of their summer-time school break in a Maryland State Park offers children and teenagers an excellent opportunity to connect with nature, which is important not only to develop knowledge of our natural environment, but to also a sense of stewardship and appreciation,” said Park Manager Mike Browning.

Youth aged 8 to 14 are invited to get outside, discover nature and learn about the environment through the Junior Rangers program. As a junior ranger, youth complete a series of recreational and conservation-related activities to earn an achievement badge. Park Pals is designed to introduce children aged 4 to 7 to the outdoors through games, crafts and activities with a nature theme.

Junior Rangers and Park Pals programs begin in the last week of June and run through the last week of July with two hour sessions held once a week for six weeks. Children must attend four out of six sessions and complete required activities in order to earn a patch.

The cost is $25 per child for Junior Rangers or Park Pals, with a reduced rate of $10 for additional children in the same family. Visitors may pick up a free copy of The Gunpowder Currents or call park headquarters at 410-592-2897 to find out which session’s location and time is the best fit for you. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP in advance.

For a complete description of the Junior Rangers program, visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/jrranger.html. For more information about Gunpowder Falls State Park visit http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/central/gunpowder.html.