George Rogers Clark National Historical Park invites kids and their families to the third Junior Ranger Day of 2019. August’s Junior Ranger Day, “Outdoor Exploration Day,” aims to cultivate an interest in the outdoor world. The event will be held at GRCNHP in Vincennes on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Junior Ranger programs are geared to youth from ages 5 to 16, but open to any who wish to participate.

Junior Rangers will rotate through a variety of interactive stations and discover how the environment provides us with a variety of goods and services, from energy sources to fertile soil. Learn about the various animals that call the Wabash River Valley home, including making your own animal tracks. In addition, Justin Guyer from the Wabash Valley Herpetological Society will showcase a variety of reptiles for Junior Rangers to see.

Meet representatives from Knox County Solid Waste Management and Knox County Soil and Water to see what they do to help the environment. Other fun activities will include using sun-sensitive paper to create images from leaves and rocks, making bracelets from beads that change colors in UV light, making your own bouncy ball, and a lot more.

The final Junior Ranger Program, “Astronomy Night,” takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5. Attendance at one event will earn each child a patch; two events, a Junior Ranger badge; three events, a free Junior Ranger t-shirt. All of these events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jason Collins at 812-882-1776 Ext. 1207 or at jason_m_collins@nps.gov.

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