Smokies celebrate Junior Ranger Day

out jrrangerNational Junior Ranger Day will spur festivities in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 26 at Oconaluftee, Sugarlands and Cades Cove visitor centers.


Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities including ranger-guided walks, historic toy making, talking to a wildland firefighter, making dinner bells at a blacksmith shop and touching real animal skins, skulls and scat. Completing three specially-planned activities will earn children a free Junior Ranger patch. Junior Ranger booklets, targeted to children ages 5 to 12, will be available for $2.50 to help children explore the park in more depth. 

Junior Ranger Day will run in conjunction with the park’s annual Music of the Mountains festival at the Sugarlands Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. Sugarlands will also host a salamander monitoring activity for middle and high school students. 


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