In partnership with the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy has ensured even more children have the chance to experience the Junior Ranger program.
Engaging Children in Nature
Created to engage children in nature and the environment during their visit to Yosemite, the Happy Isles Junior Ranger Center is now open 9 months a year, 7 days per week.
Over 27,000 Visitors
Over 27,000 children benefited from the program in 2009, up from 15,000 in 2008 – and 6,000 in 2007. The large increase reflects the ability to offer ranger led Junior Ranger programs.
Junior Ranger Center Establishes Future Park Stewards
Prior to the 2008/2009 season, the center was open limited hours and during summer months only. Support from the Conservancy ensures staff and volunteers are available to accommodate the many school field trips that arrive in Yosemite Valley in the spring and fall, as well as the high number of family groups in the summer months.
Yosemite Conservancy also provided facility upgrades and a new Junior Ranger exhibit in the Nature Center at Happy Isles; this includes a learning ‘nook’ which offers dedicated space and equipment to introduce kids to environmental stewardship.