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Summer Junior Ranger Program begins June 17 at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Entering Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Hurry - deadline to register is June 13

Although this is just around the corner, there is still time to sign-up for this unique program..

Children ages nine to 12 years are invited to become junior rangers through Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei summer program. The four-day program is full of fun and begins Tuesday, June 17 and ends Friday, June 20. On June 17 and 20, the program is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; on June 18 and 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei encourages a child’s enthusiasm for discovery by connecting them with the park’s resources and staff, and to inspire their appreciation of what is uniquely Hawaiian by exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i.

Participants must bring and be able to carry their own day pack with water, snacks, lunch, and rain gear, and hike up to three miles at a leisurely pace. To reserve a space for your child, call the park’s Education Center at (808) 985-6019. Speak clearly and leave your name, email address, phone number, name of child, the child’s age, and gender. You will be emailed a registration form to complete and return.

Again, reservation deadline is Friday, June 13.

On Tuesday and Friday, children will explore Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and on Wednesday and Thursday, they will visit the national parks on the west side of Hawai‘i Island. Transportation is provided, and there is no cost to enroll.

Visit the park website to download the Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei flyer: www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/upload/2014Keiki_o_HawaiiNeiposter_final.pdf.