National Park Service Ranger Programs

Experience an interactive educational program with a National Park service ranger! Most Saturdays from April through October, stop by the Explore Park Visitor for free hikes or interpretive sessions. For more information about these programs, or to learn more about each week’s topic, please call (540) 427-1800. No advance registration is required for these activities, but an adult must accompany all children. All dates and times are subject to change.

Early Season Saturdays 2019

A Sorting Ceremony for Animal Lovers
Hike: 1.5 miles Level: Moderate  Duration: 1.5-2hours

Have you ever wanted to be sorted into your special house? Do you love animals and want to explore the wonders of their natural habitats? Join a National Park Ranger for a hike that takes you into the magical world of animal life and ends with your very own sorting ceremony. This program is designed for children and their families. Available Dates:

  • Saturday, March 30 - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 13 - 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 27, 2:30 PM

Junior Ranger Day - Family Event
Saturday, April 27, 10 AM to 5 PM

Bring your junior rangers out to Explore Park for a day of hands-on activities and educational fun.The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks, get some cool swag, and maybe even one of those coveted hats the rangers wear! Well...okay. Yours might be made out of paper, but you'll still rock it! You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy.

Learn More About NPS Junior Ranger Day

Saturdays in May

Join a National Park Service ranger for two free programs each Saturday. More information coming soon.

  • 2:30 PM - Interpretive Hike (Depart from Visitor Center)
  • 5:00 PM - Ranger Talk (Inside Visitor Center)

Saturdays in June, July and August

Join a National Park Service ranger for two free programs each Saturday. More information coming soon.

  • 10:00 AM - Interpretive Hike (Depart from Visitor Center)
  • 2:30 PM - Ranger Talk (Inside Visitor Center)

Astronomy Programs
Coming soon! Look for select dates to observe the night sky with a National Park Service ranger and local astronomy enthusiasts.


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