How the Junior Ranger Program Teaches Children to Become Advocates for their Environment
The first time I set foot in a National Park, I was 18. After all, living in the flatlands of Chicagoland, I didn’t know much about the parks. I only knew they were mostly located on or near the coasts, and I was hundreds of miles away from the closest one.
The second time I set foot in a National Park, I was 28, married, with two daughters. This was when I saw Yosemite for the first time. Here, I immediately fell in love with the National Parks and everything they represent: preserving natural areas, protecting cultural resources, and conserving the integrity of the parks while keeping them available and accessible to the people.