Ranger Rick is coming to Yosemite to help celebrate National Junior Ranger Day!

Ranger Rick to visit Yosemite (photo National Wildlife Federation)Yosemite National Park is planning a special event to celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on April 21. From 10:30 am to 2:00 pm in the Yosemite Village Mall, children and their families can participate in a series of fun activities, explore the children’s tent and earth friendly product fair, enjoy Earth Day cake and lemonade, and earn their Junior Ranger badge in a special guided walk.  As part of the activities, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the dedicated park rangers who help preserve Yosemite and learn about their important jobs in wilderness protection, fire fighting, wildlife management and more.

Kids will also have a chance to meet one of the world’s most famous rangers: Ranger Rick. After earning their Junior Ranger badge, the National Wildlife Federation’s iconic character will accompany the newly sworn in rangers in a special parade honoring their achievement. He’ll also be distributing free copies of Ranger Rick magazine and other National Wildlife Federation publications for visitors to enjoy.

National Junior Ranger Day kicks off the week-long celebration of National Park Week (April 21-29). During National Park Week all 397 national parks across the country are offering free admission.

For more information about Yosemite’s schedule of activities consult the latest issue of the Yosemite Guide.  The park website also has information on becoming a Junior Ranger.