For those traveling with children, the Grand Canyon offers an array of family-friend activities. A favorite is the complimentary Be A Junior Ranger Program. The program allows kids to learn about the Grand Canyon and how to preserve nature in order to teach others back home. Once the child meets the requirements, they are sworn in as a Grand Canyon National Park Junior Ranger. There are different programs depending on the age of the child, but some of the activities include writing down observations at the park, composing poems and taking part in special Ranger-led excursions. During the summer, the program expands to help families learn even more about the park’s geology, archeology, animal tracking, astronomy and how to be a naturalist guide.
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