Each year, the President proclaims a week to celebrate and recognize the country's national parks. This year, National Park week will be April 19-27.
On Saturday, April 26, Tonto National Monument will celebrate National Park week with National Junior Ranger Day. Kids of all ages are invited to come spend time at your national park to meet some park rangers and participate in special activities. Those who attend and participate will be awarded with special National Junior Ranger pins and badges.
Join a park ranger at 10 a.m. for a special discovery walk to explore one of the park's unique riparian systems.
Tonto National Monument is also looking for kids interested in human history. Join a park ranger at noon for a tour of the Lower Cliff Dwelling and learn about these ancient builders and how these dwellings are preserved for future generations.
Kids can also take advantage of the park's regular Junior Ranger program, which is available every day, Junior Rangers "Explore, Learn and Protect" their national parks. Kids earn a Tonto National Monument Junior Ranger badge with completion of the park's Junior Ranger activity booklet.
Tonto National Monument is located four miles east of Roosevelt Dam on State Highway 188. For more information, call (928)467-2241, or visit the park's Web page at www.nps.gov/tont.