Posted by: Kirsten | Friday, 19 October 2007

Junior Rangers… en Español

Pecos Junior Ranger badge

Here’s and idea that came to me when we recently visited Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico — one of the HomeSchool Rangers featured parks for October 2007.  What do you do when you have a younger kid on a national park visit who’s eager as a beaver to earn a junior ranger badge, while the older sibling is either not interested, not feeling challenged by the Junior Ranger assignment, or is older than the recommended 6-12 year old age range?

Have them earn a Junior Ranger badge in SPANISH!

While I don’t know the extent as to which parks offer a Junior Ranger booklet in languages other than English, Pecos NHP did offer one, as well as a Spanish-language badge as your reward.  I do know that the National Park Service is planning an outreach campaign to segments of the population that might not be considered regular visitors to the National Parks, and perhaps that means there will be additional Junior Ranger materials in Spanish in the upcoming future.

In the meantime, be sure to ask at the next park you visit whether they have Junior Ranger materials in Spanish (or any other language for that matter) and consider these as a more challenging assignment for your “older and wiser” kids (or even your younger ones if you think they’re up to it!) if Spanish is not their primary language.

Adios, guardaparques y guardabosques…

— Juan

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