The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, whose mission is Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests, released a learning adventure booklet, highlighting the role played by rangers in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.
PPFF created the activity book to educate about and engage children in the role of DCNR park and forest rangers. The coloring and activity book includes outdoor activity ideas, maps, word games, and educational material. Children are encouraged to pick one of the rangers in the booklet to color and name, then take them on an adventure and write or draw about it. Those completing the activity book will receive a prize and a certificate. Participants are also encouraged to share images of their ranger adventure.
The “My DCNR Ranger” booklet is free and available for download on PPFF’s website http://bit.ly/PPFFMyDCNRRanger2019.
“Inspired by the popular children’s book ‘Flat Stanley,’ we hope to engage children and their families in an exploration of the career of a ranger while exploring our state parks and forests,” said Marci Mowery, PPFF president. “Rangers play an important role in the safety and education of visitors to our public lands, and we want to be able to celebrate this role with the public.”
The book was funded through a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Community Conservation and Partnership Program and through the donations of members and donors to the Foundation.
The release of “My DCNR Ranger” corresponds with World Ranger Day, celebrated around the world on July 31 each year on the anniversary of the founding of The International Ranger Federation, an organization that supports the work of rangers as the key protectors of parks and conservation. World Ranger Day will also remembers those rangers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty.
Hashtags for the day and for the book include: #ThankARanger, #WorldRangerDay, #DCNRrangers.