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April 29, 2009 > Explore the wild

Explore the wild

By Meenu Gupta

Imagine your child hiking with friends in the tranquil company of nature on bright green marsh grass, exploring the world from a whole new perspective. Junior Rangers are immersed in a natural setting, participating in fun and educational activities and games. This golden opportunity is available right next door, so get your application in today.

The Junior Ranger program runs for four weeks each spring and fall. Kids meet one day each week for two hours and may participate in this program only once. On the first day Jr. Rangers will be given a free t-shirt and logbook. Each day participants will explore park resources through hands-on activities and outdoor adventures with park staff.

Badges and certificates will be awarded based on attendance and good behavior. Graduating Jr. Rangers may also be invited to a free program-wide overnight camp out.

The Ed Levin program starts on Thursday, April 30 for four Thursdays in a row with an optional camp out. Participants have to bring only clothes that may get dirty and a hat for sun or something warm if it is windy and cool. These things are also listed in the confirmation letter.

"We supply a water bottle and snacks plus a t-shirt to put on over whatever shirt the Jr. Rangers are wearing, all free," said Jan Shriner, Santa Clara County Park Interpreter.

"The other parks in the Jr. Ranger program have all filled but Ed Levin has 11 Jr. Rangers enrolled so far," said Shriner. "It is free and participants are limited to 20 of the ages 9-11 years old," said Shriner.

Explore the park, with its habitats and resource protection, play games, hike trails, participate in activities all while making friends your own age.

For the program's registration form visit online. However, people cannot sign up online by filling out the registration form.

A parental signature is required, so the on-line form needs to be printed on paper, filled out completely, with the signature, and then either scanned and sent by email or faxed to (408) 846-8821 or mailed to the address provided on the form.

Participants will be notified by phone or mail to confirm your child's enrollment. It is advisable not to come to a program unless you have received confirmation of enrollment.

For more information about the Junior Ranger program, please contact Jan Shriner. "If parents call me, I can help them register for the Ed Levin this spring, at least for nine more Jr. Rangers. I can also take names and addresses at any time for the next season. I mail the information out in August for programs that run during late September and most of October," said Shriner.

Fall program dates are usually posted in August. "These families on the list get their first choice of parks and if the schedule doesn't work, they continue to be on the list for the next year, a service we offer for no obligation or cost."

Junior Rangers
Thursdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21
4 p.m. -6 p.m.
Ed Levin County Park, Milpitas
(408) 846-5632

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