Florida Park Service Hosts the Inaugural Junior Ranger Jamboree

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Florida Park Service Hosts the Inaugural Junior Ranger Jamboree

Junior Ranger Jamboree


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is hosting its first Junior Ranger Jamboree on Saturday, May 18, 2019, in honor of Kids to Parks Day. The statewide event provides kids of all ages the opportunity to learn about Florida’s natural and cultural resources, and includes activities such as fun booths and group events, guest speakers and ranger-led activities. Additionally, new Junior Rangers can be sworn in and receive their own Junior Ranger badge.

The Junior Ranger Jamboree events will take place at the following Florida State Parks:

“Kids to Parks Day highlights how important it is for children to spend time playing and exploring the outdoors,” Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper said. “The Junior Ranger Jamboree will help families create lasting park memories and inspire a new generation to love and protect the natural world.”

Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors organized by the National Park Trust, and is designed to connect children and families with their local, state and national parks and public lands. By discovering and exploring  public lands, kids across the country can learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation and STEM.

The Florida Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program provides the opportunity for young people to learn, serve and share Florida's natural and cultural resources. By completing various Junior Ranger activities, participants receive stamps from park staff in the unique Junior Ranger Passport for completed activities. Junior Rangers can learn important aspects about protecting Florida State Parks and will become eligible for Junior Ranger rewards such as patches, badges and pins. Learn more about the Junior Ranger Program.