Great Basin National Park – Nevada

Completed: May 24, 2014

http://www.nps.gov/grba

Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly

Peak view

I spent several days at Great Basin National Park over Memorial Day weekend. The weather was cool with overcast skies. There were a few sprinkles down below, and new snow up at the top of the road. We camped at Upper Lehman campground, luckily found our site on Thursday. By Friday afternoon the 3 campgrounds in the main part of the park were full.

The booklet lists three age groups; 5 and under, 6 to 9, and 10 and up. With no upper age given this is considered Senior Friendly. There are 12 activities in the booklet, at least 7 activities need to be completed by the upper age group. All age groups need to attend one of 4 programs; a cave tour, evening campground program, night sky program or ranger talk. Staffing was limited during this weekend so only the cave tour and night sky program was available.

I went on the Lodge Room cave tour. This is the shorter tour, one hour and is open to all ages. The longer tour is restricted to 5 years and older. There were 4 toddlers with attentive parents on my tour. The ranger did a great job throughout the tour; allowing for pictures, to ask questions and describing the cave features.

Cave bacon

Cave formations

The bingo page had blank spaces with a list and symbols of possible things you could see in the park. As you see any of them you draw them into the spaces. Other drawing activities included; All about Caves, Bristlecone Pine Portrait, Pondering Petroglyphs and final reflection page titled, Your Turn. I travel with a set of sketching and colored pencils. Since retiring last year I have been working on my drawing skills and I appreciate the Junior Ranger activities that allow me to practice.

Bristlecone Drawing

Along Lehman Creek

Great Basin NP Junior Ranger Booklet

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