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New Germany State Park Offers Junior Ranger Program

Grantsville, Md. (May 26, 2011)New Germany State Park will be offering a six-week Junior Ranger program, beginning in June. Participants will explore the park’s natural and historical resources and learn the fundamentals of environmental education and stewardship.

“Exploring the outdoor world is an important part of growing up,” said Ranger Crystal McCann of New Germany State Park. “The Junior Ranger program is designed to provide children with a meaningful outdoor experience that hopefully will cultivate a deeper appreciation for the environment.”

Topics for the program include parks and park rangers, plants, animals, planet earth, conservation, and people. Junior Rangers will receive patches upon completion, and will then have the opportunity to advance to higher levels, such as naturalist, explorer, conservationist, and guide.

The sessions will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday from June 4 to July 9, at the New Germany Nature Center. The Junior Ranger program is limited to 15 participants and there is a $2 service charge to register. For more information or to pre-register, call 301-895-5453.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   May 26, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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