One of my 8 year old daughters favorite things to do when we go to a National Park is the Jr. Ranger Program. It’s a great way for the whole family to get involved in learning about the history, wildlife or geography of the park we are visiting. The only problem we have found is that when we leave the park, it’s difficult for my daughter to continue to learn about the National Parks, Monuments and Historical sites in an engaging and fun way. Well, that’s no longer the case. The National Park Service has introduced a free on-line Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages, and they call it Webrangers.
It’s easy to participate in. Just head on over to www.webrangers.us and help your child sign up.
Once they have their account setup, your child can play games, learn about nature, wildlife and history. There are numerous activities with different levels of difficulty for them to complete.
Each child can personalize their ranger station. They can change the room wall texture and colors or the flooring. They can also personalize all kinds of details like the outdoor scenery seen through the window or the image in the framed wall poster.
As they complete activities they receive digital badges and awards.
I think this online Jr. Ranger program is a very fun way to keep kids interested in learning about Nature and our National Parks, Monuments & Historical sites. I know that I have enjoyed seeing Emma get really excited about earning her badges. I admit it, I have had to help her a little bit on a few of the harder ones… and I have had a good time and learned a thing or two while doing it. I give the National Park service an +A for producing an online experience for kids that is not only fun but educational as well.