for a Special Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, July 22
Custer, S.D. – Jewel Cave National Monument is gearing up for a second Junior Ranger Day during the 2017 summer season. On Saturday, July 22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., kids ages three to twelve are welcome to participate in a special program about wildlife in the Black Hills. All youth participants need to have a parent or adult guardian on-site, actively taking part in the program.
Although the Monument is known for its cave resource, this special program highlights the surface features. Participants will take part in some hands-on activities related to wildlife, as well as search for signs of life along the one-quarter-mile Roof Trail. Superintendent Bonnie Schwartz states, “Jewel Cave offers habitat for a variety of wildlife. From bats that live within the cave to the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep often spotted along Highway 16, it is likely that visitors will encounter wildlife while touring the Monument.”
By taking part in the program, participants will earn a special Junior Ranger Day certificate and embroidered patch. For those that want to learn even more, Jewel Cave offers a year-round Junior Ranger Program and Pee Wee Ranger Program. Children ages five to twelve qualify for the ever-popular Junior Ranger activity booklet. Kids ages three to four are offered the Pee Wee Ranger booklet. Both booklets can be obtained from a Park Ranger at the visitor center.
For youth that do not have the opportunity to visit the Monument, the National Park Service offers a WebRanger Program. Participants start their online journey by visiting www.nps.gov/webrangers and setting up a ranger station. Kids are then encouraged to visit sites online and take a digital vacation across the country. Help a baby sea turtle reach the sea, be a spy, drive a dog sled, or experience the life and death struggle of a puma; successful participants learn even more about the National Park System, as well as earn a WebRangers patch. This past spring, the National Park Service registered over 200,000 WebRangers.
Jewel Cave is open daily during the summer season from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with four different cave tour options. For more information, visit the Monument online at www.nps.gov/jeca. Visitors are also welcome to call the Monument directly at (605) 673-8300. For event information or to follow the happenings at the Monument, online guests can follow through social media sites, such as www.facebook.com/JewelCaveNPS and www.instagram.com/jewelcavenps.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Bradley Block, Chief of Interpretation
Jewel Cave National Monument