Hanging Rock State Park’s goal was to train 100 new Junior Rangers to commemorate the 100th birthday of North Carolina State Parks.
The park easily surpassed that mark, welcoming 136 new Junior Rangers to the ranks, teaching them about stewardship of the natural resources, how to find nature’s secrets in the forest, state parks history and the finer points of a ranger’s duties.
Superintendent Robin Riddlebarger and the park’s staff cycled the candidates through learning stations. For a stewardship project, the youngsters helped fill landscaping steps with soil, forming a bucket brigade. Then, Mike Murphy, state parks director, swore them in with the oath and presented each with a Hanging Rock State Park Junior Ranger patch and certificate.
Learn more about the Junior Ranger program here. And, enjoy this photo gallery of the Centennial event. Click any photo to enlarge and navigate through the gallery.