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Today was a blast! I was the second meeting for the Roscoe Junior Ranger Academy; a month-long summer camp for 5th-10th-grade students to learn about the Missouri National Recreational River. Today, park staff led a program on plant and animal identification in the morning with a guided nature hike in the afternoon. Each day ends with an entry into their nature journal to reflect on what they learned and observed. Topics for the next Academy meet-ups include exploring the aquatic underworld of the Missouri River, kayaking, birdwatching, and ending with a graduation ceremony where participants become official Junior Rangers and inducted into the Roscoe Junior Ranger Club. Roscoe the River Otter is the park's mascot. Thanks to the Friends of the Missouri National Recreational River for sponsoring the program by providing water bottles, Academy t-shirts, and nametags. . . . #FindYourPark #juniorranger #juniorrangers #youthintheoutdoors #youthinparks #kidsoutside #childreninnature #kidsplay #intonature #getoutdoors #OptOutside #weareparks #nationalparkservice #parkrangerlife #npsvolunteers #volunteering #usinterior
Enrollment begins today for Roscoe’s Junior Ranger Academy. In its second year, the Academy will take place in Yankton, South Dakota every Friday in June. A second Academy will be offered in Vermillion in July. Open to kids 5th-10th grade (those that have  completed 4th grade by June 2018 are also eligible), the Academy is a great way to learn about the Missouri National Recreational River through five, four-hour weekly hands-on, participatory activities including bird and plant identification, culture history, park management, and outdoor fun. Pictured is Ranger Dugan giving a safety talk on kayak to 2017 Academy members. . #juniorrangers #youthinparks #childreninnature #youthintheoutdoors #kidsoutside #outsidefun #summercamp #academy #summeractivities #summer2018 #FindYourPark #nationalparks #roscoesrangers
Reflecting on 2017 successes was our inaugural corps of Roscoe Junior Rangers. The junior rangers went through a 3-month summer academy learning about the national park and the responsibilites of a junior ranger. Thanks to Rangers Teresa, Steven, Chris, and Dan as well as our amazing group of junior rangers for a great summer. In 2018, a new corps of junior rangers will go through the summer academy in Yankton and Vermillion. . . #juniorranger #FindYourPark #youthintheoutdoors #kidsoutside #youthinparks #nationalparkservice #usinterior #southdakota #Nebraska #yanktonsd #vermillionsd #2017 #2018 #roscoesrangers
"What keeps us coming back regularly to restore native habitat? Volunteers like 12 year old JayDe! At Tuesday’s Park Champions habitat restoration event in Fort Ord Dunes State Park, Jay De let slip that for his 12th birthday he wanted to do something to help the environment. So he scoured the internet for an event he could attend. When he saw that Park Champions was restoring habitat on his birthday, and that the minimum age was 12 years old, he immediately signed up with his mom to attend! JayDe shared this story while receiving an honorary Park Champions pin during our snack break. All of the volunteers attending, young and old, were impressed by Jay De’s commitment to the environment, and heartened by this young person’s enthusiasm and hard work. The prospects for our earth’s future health seem brighter knowing that there are committed young people like Jay De to protect it!"-John Salcido, Park Champions Core Leader #parkchampions #parkstewards #youthinparks #volunteerinparks
Youth in Parks- Children ages 10-13 are invited to join us for this popular summer program full of new experiences, challenges, and loads of fun! Program will offer community service work in the parks and throughout the community, leadership development, environmental awareness, and team building experiences. Sessions held beginning June 5, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register by May 29 at UrbandaleParksandRec.org! #urbandale #urbandaleia #urbandaleiowa #iowasummer #summerprograms #kidsprogram #youthinparks #parks #parksandrecreation #communityservice #kidscommunityservice #leadership #leadershipdevelopment #teambuilding #kidscamp #summercamp #summer #summer2017
Happy #latinoconservationweek ! #Repost @mrcaparks with @repostapp ・・・ And they're off! Naturalist Explorer & River Ambassador youth are on their way to experience #Yosemite National Park with partner Community Nature Connection! "Off to an incredible journey" Elijah exclaimed, as the vans departed the #Compton & Los Angeles this morning. We'll be adding photos throughout the week to capture their first time visiting the iconic landscape during #LatinoConservationWeek and celebrating 100th anniversary of #NPS . Safe travels! #youthinparks #youthoutdoors #npscentennial
@Regrann from @mrcaparks - And they're off! Naturalist Explorer & River Ambassador youth are on their way to experience #Yosemite National Park with partner Community Nature Connection! "Off to an incredible journey" Elijah exclaimed, as the vans departed the #Compton & Los Angeles this morning. We'll be adding photos throughout the week to capture their first time visiting the iconic landscape during #LatinoConservationWeek and celebrating 100th anniversary of #NPS . Safe travels! #youthinparks #youthoutdoors #npscentennial #Regrann
And they're off! Naturalist Explorer & River Ambassador youth are on their way to experience #Yosemite National Park with partner Community Nature Connection! "Off to an incredible journey" Elijah exclaimed, as the vans departed the #Compton & Los Angeles this morning. We'll be adding photos throughout the week to capture their first time visiting the iconic landscape during #LatinoConservationWeek and celebrating 100th anniversary of #NPS . Safe travels! #youthinparks #youthoutdoors #npscentennial
Local high school history #Smackdown behind the scenes! #nps #findyourpark #keweenawnps #youthinparks
Today we were very lucky to have members of Zia Pueblo come out to @petroglyphnps ! They spoke with everyone at the event about how important the Land and Water Coalition Fund is incredibly important for preserving open spaces in New Mexico. Senator Heinrich and Congresswoman Lujan-Grisham each spoke about promoting a new bill that would help fund the coalition. Thank you everyone who helped with this event! Especially our YDI group who helped direct cars in the parking lot! #youthinparks #findyourpark #waterandland #community
Some of the girls at #YouthInParks posing for a quick photo! The muddy parks haven't phased this crew. 💪☔️ #IowaParks
Some folks from the U.S. Forest Service's Harpers Ferry Job Corps Center were in the park today. They were learning about wildland fire fighting. We asked them to stop for a photo after their training exercise was completed Thanks guys for taking the time to smile for us! #forestservice #USDA #UFS #YouthinParks (NPS Photo/Griffith) ~ahc
Teens! Another great way to experience your park! Sign up to be a part of the Soaring Eagle Backcountry Wilderness Camp and the Woolly Bugger Fly Fishing Camp through the glacier institute. www.glacierinstitute.org
Exciting youth opportunity through our partner www.glacierinstitute.org ! Work with area experts in real life job situations at the Invasive Species Student Symposium. June 21 - 26. Sign up at their website. (tr)
It's an awesome experience being able to connect with the wildlife in and around our national parks, even through a glass. #NPSacademy15 #YouthinParks
A #panorama view of Castle Williams gives a glimps into #NPSAcademy15 in NY Harbor and what they learned about adaptability and #Resilience . #NPSYouth #YouthinParks
A park ranger describes the damage done to the eagle statue and what will be done to bounce back. #NPSAcademy15 helps provide suggestions for how the park can continue to reach #NPSYouth #YouthinParks
The #NPSAcademy15 day continued and these #NPSYouth learned about #Resilience on Governor's Island at Fort Jay. Damaged by natural wear and tear and Hurricane Sandy, the interns learned about how the fort plans to bounce back, and contributed ideas towards the discussion! #YouthinParks
#NPSAcademy15 students learn about the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the #JamaicaBay Wildlife Refuge and what the #NationalParkService is doing in the aftermath. #NPSYouth #YouthinParks
Youth from the city can connect with national parks too!! This week, as a part of our NPS Academy program, students are exploring the parks and sites of NYC Harbor and learning about the National Park Service. Here, the future interns learn about how Rangers deal with visitors at @statueellisnps #NPSYouth #YouthinParks #NPSAcademy15
A NYC Harbor #StatueSelfie with a look up the skirt from #NPSAcademy15 #YouthinParks #Connection
Taking a stop at Ellis Island to learn about the stories of those who have passed through before. #NPSacademy15 #Connection #YouthinParks @npsyouth
This weekend marks the end of the 5th NPS Academy Orientation week where students from all over the country spend time in Grand Teton National Park being introduced to its culture, history, environment, and the Park Service in general. They then move all around the country for summer internships! #NPSYouth #YouthinParks #NPSAcademy15 @nps_academy @npsyouth (jk)
Awesome snowshoe hike and ecology talk with the @nps_academy and the @tetonscience school! #npsacademy15 #grandtetons #snow #NPSYouth #YouthinParks @grandtetonnps
Boston University's Alternative Spring Break crew is ready to rock some projects this week! This marks the 11th year that @buasb has been sending spring break volunteers to Harpers Ferry. (NPS Photo, Zurbuch) #BUasb #HarpersFerryNPS #harpersferry #BostonU #AltSpringBreak #ASBeasts #SpringBreak #Volunteers #NPSVIP #HAFEVIP #NPSYouth #YouthinParks
Every night and day is amazing at #npsacademy15 #youthinparks #NPSyouth
Today marks the start of our NPS Academy program, an internship program that will put 100 YOUTH in parks this summer, starting them on the path to future federal employment! The students will intern at parks all across the country, from Yellowstone to Abe Lincoln's birthplace. Find out more by following the program page @nps_academy
Youth goofing off at camp #NPSYouth #YouthinParks #tbt
Civilian Conservation Corps members enjoy their leisure time in 1935 #tbt #YouthinParks #NPSYouth
Cape Hatteras Young Naturalists Club out learning about dunes! #YouthinParks #NPSYouth #Learn
Mosaics in Science intern Jeneva Wright recording an at-risk underwater archaeological site at Biscayne National Park. Find out more about the Mosaics in Science internship program here: www.geosociety.org/mosaics/
Students from the University of Vermont's Alternative Spring Break are back on the seashore, helping out the park while experiencing the Outer Banks. Yesterday, they collected trash from the beach at Bodie Island and saw quite a bit of wildlife--dolphins just offshore and a great horned owl perched on a window ledge of the Bodie Island Lighthouse! Today, they collected over an entire dump truck of old asphalt from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse beach, climbed the lighthouse, and visited a shipwreck site. Tomorrow, they are off to Ocracoke for some more beach clean-up. Thanks University of Vermont Alternative Spring Breakers for your help!! 👏🙏❤️. Photos by @ebwiggans #uvmasb #alternativebreak #volunteer #service #givingback #NationalSeashore #NationalParks #NPSYouth #YouthInParks
Bird watching in the North Cascades!! #NPSyouth #YouthinParks @ncascades @ncascadesnps
A young participant looks out the window on a bus ride into the @NCascadesNPS for the First Bloom program @ncascades #NPSYouth #YouthInParks
Yes, we're on Instagram! It seemed a bit weird that NPS Youth Programs wouldn't be on the social media platform that youth use the most, but we have arrived! What did we miss? Feel free to tag us in photos of youth playing, learning, serving, and working in parks! Use our hashtags #YouthInParks #NPSYouth You may see your face shared on our page! Comment, like, follow, share!
Cape Hatteras Young Naturalists Club enjoying getting up close to dunes. #YouthInParks #NPSYouth
Cape Hatteras Young Naturalists Club out learning about dunes. #YouthInParks #NPSYouth