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Haleakala: Keiki Invited to Earn Junior Ranger Badge with ‘Ope‘ape‘a Researcher

Photo credit Kristin Jonasson.

The National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Program is available at most national parks. It is activity based for children and youth to earn a Junior Ranger badge, specific to each site. The Junior Ranger motto to “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” encourages Junior Rangers to be active stewards over natural and cultural resources in national parks.

Children are invited to earn thier Junior Ranger badge, learn about the endangered ‘ōpe‘ape‘a (Hawaiian Hoary bat), and take a hike with park staff on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. There is no charge for this event.

The talk about the endangered ‘ōpe‘ape‘a from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with bat researcher Kristin Jonasson, PhD and hike on the unique biodiversity of Haleakalā from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. by park staff are located at Hosmer Grove. In Kīpahulu, hike with us along Kūloa Point trail and learn about its history from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a park ranger.

Dr. Jonasson has been studying bat ecology for the past 10 years. Her passion for bat conservation began as a field assistant on a study of the causes of bat mortality at wind energy facilities in Canada. She is currently helping to inform conservation decisions by describing the habitat needs of the ʻōpeʻapeʻa on Maui.

Fourth graders are encouraged to earn the Every Kid in a Park pass. It was specifically designed to engage and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. The goal is to provide an opportunity for every fourth grader, and their families, to access federal public lands free of charge.

How it works: Fourth graders earn the pass by completing activities online, printing the pass, planning the trip and heading to the chosen destination. The Every Kid in a Park pass is good until August 31, 2018. The pass must be printed and presented; electronic copies are not accepted. The pass has a unique code and is not transferable.

To earn the Every Kid in a Park pass click here.

For more information on the Junior Ranger program click here.



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