Junior Ranger Ambassador Grant
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National Park Service Harpers Ferry National P.O. Box 65 U.S. Department of the Interior Historical Park Harpers Ferry, WV 304-535-6748 phone 304-535-6244 fax Harpers Ferry NHP News Release Release date: Immediately Contact(s): Marsha B. Wassel Phone number: 304-535-6748 Date: May 11, 2007 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Awarded Junior Ranger Ambassadors Grant Harpers Ferry, WV – Harpers Ferry National Historical Park announces the park has been selected to receive a 2007 Junior Ranger Ambassadors Grant to support the hiring of a Student Conservation Association intern. The intern, Christopher Sturgeon, from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, will be creating a new Junior Ranger curriculum for the park. The Junior Ranger Ambassadors Initiative, started in 2006, is made possible through the generous support of the National Park Foundation. Park Superintendent Don Campbell said, “Children are the future of our nation and the Junior Ranger Program is an outstanding way for parents and children to learn about the National Parks. We are excited about Christopher joining us and the new Junior Ranger curriculum he will create at the park.” National Park Foundation Junior Ranger Ambassador Grants, awarded to 30 national parks, sponsor Junior Ranger Ambassadors across the country to assist in developing and improving National Park Junior Ranger Programs. The Junior Ranger Program, active in many parks since the 1960s, engages kids in age-appropriate activities that introduce them to the treasures of the national park system, allowing them to discover the significance of these special places and understand the importance of protecting them. Today, the Junior Ranger Program serves 383,639 children in 297 parks and includes an online component, WebRangers which receives over 1 million visitors annually. This announcement is the latest in the National Park Foundation’s nationwide support of the Junior Ranger Program. Since 2005, the Foundation has directed more than $2.5 million dollars in support of the program, including support for the first ever Jr. Ranger Day, an annual celebration of Junior Rangers and the Junior Ranger Program during National Park Week. For more information on The National Park Foundation, log on to www.nationalparks.org E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R AM E R I C™ A The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. page 2 E X P E R I E N C E Y O U R AM E R I C™ A The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.