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06/14/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2021 10:08

New Junior Ranger program available across the Lewis and Clark Trail

News Release Date:
June 14, 2021

Contact:Caitlin Campbell

OMAHA, NE. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail announces the debut of a trailwide Junior Ranger program, which is now available at more than 30 locations in 13 states across the country. Kids, families, and the young at heart can pick up a free Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger activity booklet and earn a Junior Ranger badge at participating locations.

'This program tells an inclusive history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, beginning with tribal homelands and highlighting the diverse backgrounds of the expedition members,' said Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Superintendent Mark Weekley. 'We've developed innovative, multimedia elements to make the program more engaging and accessible for all.'

Read-along videos are available online so participants can hear the activities narrated and audio-described. This feature is particularly helpful for participants or guardians with low or no vision.

Another online feature allows kids to hear names of plants and animals in a few of the many Indigenous languages spoken along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Families can access the Native Names of the Trail webpage to hear Arikara, Nimipuutímt (Nez Perce), Chinuk Wawa, Shoshoni, Lakota Sioux, and Myaamiaataweenki (Miami-Illinois).

Later this summer, program participants will also be able to engage with tactile maps of the Lewis and Clark Trail. These 3D maps convey the scope and topography of the 4,900 mile expedition route and helps users with low or no vision access map information.

Kids can also become a Junior Ranger from home by visiting the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Online page and completing interactive activities.

Find more information on the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger Program and find more kids activities by visiting the Lewis and Clark Trail's Kids & Youth page.

ABOUT THE LEWIS AND CLARK NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL.

The 4,900 mile long Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail follows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition across North America and passes through the territories of more than sixty tribes. For additional information about the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, please call 402-661-1806 or visit www.nps.gov/lecl and join the conversation by following @LewisandClarkNHT.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's more than 400 national parks and work with communities across the nation to preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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