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Hanging Rock State Park welcomes 136 new Junior Rangers to celebrate 100 years!


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

Drawing vignettes of nature scenes for a visitor center display. Learning about trees using the five senses. New Junior Rangers get high fives from the park's ranger staff. Learning to play the dulcimer before training begins. Leaping from mountains to sea on state park markers. State Parks Director Mike Murphy presents Junior Ranger patches. Stewardship project helps create landscaping steps.

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