22 Arizona NPS sites
Completed: November 20, 2018
Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly
Explore Arizona and earn a patch! With twenty-two National Park Service sites scattered across the state this program provides a variety of experiences. Western National Parks Association along with the National Park Service Southern Arizona Office created a state-wide Junior Ranger program. All of the sites were welcoming of this Senior Ranger.
With only four site visits and 7 pages of activities you can earn the attractive patch, with a visit to any of the sites you can earn the small site-specific ‘rocker’ patch. I was determined to visit all of the sites and get all of the rockers! Over seven months I made it to all of the sites, but the final site, Grand Canyon – Parashant National Monument eluded me. We planned to visit the monument and complete the assignment, but the office staff in St. George, UT told us no rocker was made for this site.
Now, for the best part of this program – it is based on photography! At each site there is a specific Photo Challenge. Some of the challenges involved a hike, some were right at the park’s visitor center. Rather than detail the activities in the booklet, you can view them using the link above. Below are some of the Photo Challenges I completed.
Casa Grande National Monument – Hidden Room
Chiricahua National Monument – Volcanic Hoodoos
Grand Canyon National Park – Kaibab Formation
Montezuma Castle National Monument – Historic Diorama
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Lee’s Ferry Peach tree
Tonto National Monument – Salado Pottery
Coronado National Monument – International Border
This hike will also qualify for their ‘I Hike for Health’ pin
As time goes on some sites may not have the ‘rocker’ patch for their site, however the Photo Challenge and learning about the park will make this program timeless. Get Outside and Explore Arizona!