George Washington Carver National Monument hosts annual Junior Ranger Day

DIAMOND, Mo. – The George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond hosted it’s annual “Junior Ranger Day”, the first one since the pandemic began.

Due to the pandemic, there were some changes to the return of the program this year. Typically, it’s spread over three weekends, however, this year it was just a four-hour program Saturday. Kids began their day at the Visitor Center coloring special folders and creating their own National Park, while learning more about National Parks in the country and how to take care of them.

Park Guide Sarah Martin says “These youth are the next stewards for the, and the next generation to take pride in these special places, and so having the next generation become stewards of National Parks, learn about them, and in turn teach people about them, that is our goal and mission and it’s so amazing to see their eyes open and learn about these places right in their back yard.”

Officials are hopeful that next year will be a return to the normal Junior Ranger program.