The National Park Service sponsors the National Junior Ranger Day program to help children explore and discover their national parks. Through park-specific activities April 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ledges Shelter, children learn about the special places preserved by NPS and in turn become "Junior Rangers" to help protect these areas for the future.

Children ages 4 to 12 can learn about local animals and plants that can be found in the park, take a hike around the ledges, try on ranger uniforms, and learn about wildland firefighting. There will also be free cake and ice cream along with the unveiling of the new Junior Ranger badge for 2017.

Participants can earn a Junior Ranger badge by attending any of the day’s programs and activities and/or completing the Junior Ranger Handbook activities or Junior Ranger, Jr. Activity Cards. Junior Rangers that have badges from other parks are encouraged to wear them. Prizes will be awarded to Junior Rangers with the most badges and patches!

A Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony will begin at 1 p.m.

To make a complete day, register for a free morning program:

Junior Ranger: Tracks, Scat and Fur

Get the lowdown on mammals and the clues they leave behind. Try out your detective skills while using your "animal" senses to play some creative games. Free. For ages 7 to 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Space is limited and registration is necessary for this morning event. A parent or guardian is required to attend programs with participating children. To register, call 800-642-3297 ext. 100.

Ledges Shelter is located at 405 Truxell Road, 1 mile west of Akron Cleveland Road in Peninsula.