We all love field trips. It’s one of the ways that we get out and support our student’s learning with hands-on experiences. Because of this, I was ecstatic to learn about the Junior Ranger Program offered at the national parks and monuments. We got an annual pass this year, and my plan for this summer to visit and participate in the programs as much as possible.
The first national park we visited this year was Chaco Culture National Historic Park in New Mexico. We chose this park because of the extensive Native American ruins as we were studying Native American Indians at the time. We were able to walk among these ruins, learn about their ancient lifestyle, and really see and discuss the architecture of their dwellings.
Junior Ranger Program: Chaco Culture
When we arrived at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, we got our junior ranger workbooks which lays out what knowledge we need to learn about Chaco Culture and how to help preserve the national park.
When we completed our workbooks, we took them to the park rangers, who checked their work and swore them in as Junior Rangers of Chaco Culture National Historic Park. The kids also got badges and books.
We had so much fun! We can’t wait to visit more national parks and become junior ranger there!
Till Next Time,