Junior Ranger Day

Junior Ranger Day at Fort Vancouver

As part of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday celebration, the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is offering two Junior Ranger Days: free, fun, kid-friendly activities on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26. Junior Ranger Day is a time where kids can get hands-on, interactive experience inside the reconstructed Fort, at the Visitor Center, and at Pearson Air Museum. Kids will have hoot and learn about history in the way they learn best: by seeing, touching, and doing. (…and honestly, it’s just as interesting and fun for the parents as it is for the kids!) Two Junior Ranger Days will be offered for kids ages six to 12.

  • Junior Ranger Day at Fort Vancouver, ages 6-12: Friday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Junior Ranger Day at Pearson Air Museum, ages 6-12, Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Little Learners at the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, ages 2-5: Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

At Pearson Air Museum, aspiring Junior Rangers can complete a Junior Ranger Aeronautical Booklet that includes a basic aeronautics course, puzzles, and more. Junior Rangers will work with park rangers and park volunteers to build balsa wood aircraft, and construct and launch two-liter rockets. At the reconstructed fort site, Junior Rangers can explore the British Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver and learn from costumed volunteers about the people, events, and practices of the past. At the Visitor Center, toddlers, preschoolers, and their parents and caregivers can join a drop-in program designed especially for young children. For more information, call 360-816-6230.

Above image courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.

Junior Ranger Day & Yuri’s Night World Space Party

Join the rangers and staff at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, April 15, as they celebrate both National Junior Ranger Day and Yuri’s Night World Space Party. Both events will be based at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St. in Vancouver) and both are free to the public.

National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event where kids can earn their Junior Ranger badges by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation’s land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service—hence the Junior Ranger motto, “Explore, Learn, and Protect.” The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Junior Ranger program is designed for children ages six to 12, but younger children can complete it with help. Older kids and adults are welcome to participate as well.

From 5 to 9 p.m., Yuri’s Night World Space Party will celebrate the 56th anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight into space. Gagarin was the first human to travel into outer space, and Yuri’s Night events across the globe have been commemorating this event for decades. Gagarin received his pilot’s training at the Soviet Union’s “First Chkalov Air Force Pilot’s School” in the 1950s. The school was named after famed Russian aviator Valery Chkalov, who piloted the first trans-polar flight between Moscow and Pearson Field in 1937. Space exploration and aviation-themed family-friendly activities will be offered in the Pearson hangar and, weather permitting, children can design and launch their own water-powered rockets until dusk. Tom Billings, the president of the Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will present a lecture titled “NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together,” at the Tex Rankin Theater at 6 p.m. If the weather is clear, the event will conclude with a star-gazing tour from 8 to 9 p.m., led by a park ranger and certified star guide.

Junior Ranger Day & Yuri’s Night Space Party

Join the rangers and staff at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, April 15, as they celebrate both National Junior Ranger Day and Yuri’s Night World Space Party. Both events will be based at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum (1115 E. Fifth St. in Vancouver) and both are free to the public.

National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event where kids can earn their Junior Ranger badges by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation’s land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service—hence the Junior Ranger motto, “Explore, Learn, and Protect.” The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Junior Ranger program is designed for children ages six to 12, but younger children can complete it with help. Older kids and adults are welcome to participate as well.

From 5 to 9 p.m., Yuri’s Night World Space Party will celebrate the 56th anniversary of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s historic flight into space. Gagarin was the first human to travel into outer space, and Yuri’s Night events across the globe have been commemorating this event for decades. Gagarin received his pilot’s training at the Soviet Union’s “First Chkalov Air Force Pilot’s School” in the 1950s. The school was named after famed Russian aviator Valery Chkalov, who piloted the first trans-polar flight between Moscow and Pearson Field in 1937. Space exploration and aviation-themed family-friendly activities will be offered in the Pearson hangar and, weather permitting, children can design and launch their own water-powered rockets until dusk. Tom Billings, the president of the Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will present a lecture titled “NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together,” at the Tex Rankin Theater at 6 p.m. If the weather is clear, the event will conclude with a star-gazing tour from 8 to 9 p.m., led by a park ranger and certified star guide.

Above image: a Junior Ranger shows off her badges. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver.

Junior Ranger Day

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is offering a free day of fun, family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Junior Ranger Day is a time where kids can get hands-on, interactive experience at the Fort and at Pearson Air Museum. Kids will have hoot and learn about history in the way they learn best: by seeing, touching, and doing. (…and honestly, it’s just as interesting and fun for the parents as it is for the kids!)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet the horses and living history reenactors of the 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry on the Great Meadow north of Pearson Air Museum. At 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., watch historic weapons demonstrations on the Great Meadow. At Pearson Air Museum, aspiring Junior Rangers can complete a Junior Ranger Aeronautical Booklet that includes a basic aeronautics course, puzzles, and more. Junior Rangers will work with park rangers and park volunteers to build balsa wood aircraft, and construct and launch two-liter rockets. At the reconstructed fort site, Junior Rangers can explore the British Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver and learn from costumed volunteers about the people, events, and practices of the past.

For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/fyp2015.htm or call 360-816-6230.

Junior Ranger Day

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is offering a free day of fun, family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Junior Ranger Day is a time where kids can get hands-on, interactive experience at the Fort and at Pearson Air Museum. Kids will have hoot and learn about history in the way they learn best: by seeing, touching, and doing. (…and honestly, it’s just as interesting and fun for the parents as it is for the kids!)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet the horses and living history reenactors of the 1st Oregon Volunteer Cavalry on the Great Meadow north of Pearson Air Museum. At 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., watch historic weapons demonstrations on the Great Meadow. At Pearson Air Museum, aspiring Junior Rangers can complete a Junior Ranger Aeronautical Booklet that includes a basic aeronautics course, puzzles, and more. Junior Rangers will work with park rangers and park volunteers to build balsa wood aircraft, and construct and launch two-liter rockets. At the reconstructed fort site, Junior Rangers can explore the British Hudson’s Bay Company’s Fort Vancouver and learn from costumed volunteers about the people, events, and practices of the past.

For more information, go to http://www.nps.gov/fova/learn/news/fyp2015.htmor call 360-816-6230.