Children and Their Families are Invited to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday at Junior Ranger Jamboree on Crissy Field

For Immediate Release
April 19, 2016

Thousands of 4th Graders, Their Siblings and Families Will Enjoy a Day of Play and Exploration and Be Sworn-In as Official Junior Rangers From Noon to 3 pm at the Junior Ranger Jamboree on Crissy Field at East Beach on Saturday, May 7, 2016

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Media Contacts


David Shaw, Parks Conservancy
(415) 561-3064; dshaw@parksconservancy.org

Alex Picavet, NPS
(415) 786-8021; Alexandra_picavet@nps.gov

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: In celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial this year, organizations that serve youth in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) along with the San Francisco Public Library system invite 4th graders and their families to join the fun in learning about what it takes to be an official National Park Service Junior Ranger. As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” campaign, all kids attending will enjoy a day of entertainment, refreshments, hands-on activities and games that will help them earn their very own, “Centennial Edition” junior ranger badge and be sworn in as official Junior Rangers at a special ceremony led by GGNRA’s General Superintendent Christine Lehnertz.

“The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service’s founding is a cause for introducing the next generation to the parks,” said Lehnertz. “We are excited to welcome thousands of 4th graders and their families on May 7 as our biggest Centennial celebration in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Here at Golden Gate, the Parks Conservancy and NPS continue to build on innovative programs that reach new audiences and connect the parks with young people—two key goals of the NPS Centennial.

“The Junior Ranger Jamboree event gives us an opportunity to ‘Help Keep Growing Crissy Field’ by connecting our urban youth with their national parks,” said Greg Moore, President & CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “This Centennial commemoration also celebrates the 15th anniversary of the opening of the restored Crissy Field that was made possible by the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, members of the Parks Conservancy, and broad public support.”

The Parks Conservancy and the Crissy Field Center will be hosting the following organizations for an exciting array of free activities and entertainment at the Junior Ranger Jamboree event: 

Interactive and place-based activities will enable young people to think and act like a Ranger whose duties include protecting and preserving the natural and cultural resources of parklands. From collecting and observing wetland plankton under microscopes to digging up and analyzing artifacts, visitors will discover the uniqueness and rich history of the GGNRA. Entertainment groups for the event will showcase the diversity of our local communities through a variety of dances and music, including hip-hop, ballet, and drumming.

One of the primary partners for the NPS Centennial year at the GGNRA is the San Francisco Public Library system. The SF Public Libraries are helping celebrate the Centennial with the 2016 Summer Stride reading program for kids and adults where patrons will be able to earn specially-designed buttons as part of the official “Reading Ranger” challenge. There will be library trailheads, park book nooks, community ranger talks at SF library branches, and more.

For a full outline of all Centennial-related events, check: http://www.parksconservancy.org/nps100/

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as 408 other park sites across the U.S. www.nps.gov/goga.

About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization that supports the Golden Gate National Parks—the most-visited unit in the national park system in the U.S. Since 1981, the Parks Conservancy has provided over $300 million in aid for site transformations, habitat restorations, research and conservation, volunteer and youth engagement, and interpretive and educational programs. The Conservancy’s work is made possible through the dedication of its members and donors; contributions from foundations, businesses, public agencies, and generous individuals, as well as earned income from the operation of park stores, cafes, and tours. Learn more at parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.

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About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit www.parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 394 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga or call (415) 561-4700.