Become a Junior Ranger at Channel Islands National Park

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Channel Islands National Park is hosting a special Junior Ranger event on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor.

Children will have the opportunity to participate in four different Junior Ranger programs at the event, allowing them to earn badges as a Channel Islands National Park Junior Ranger, an Underwater Explorer, a Centennial Junior Ranger, or a Junior Paleontologist.

Local fifth grader Tigran Nahabedian will assist children who visit the Junior Ranger station in earning their badges. Nahabedian has earned 57 junior ranger badges at other national park sites across the country.

The event will also feature family-friendly activities that children of all ages can participate in, including fish prints, buttons, shark hats, and more. There will be two tidepool programs, at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and a ranger talk at 1:00 pm, about the adaptations of seals and sea lions.

Information about the national initiative, Every Kid in a Park, which invites all fourth graders to visit their public lands and waters for free, will also be available for parents and children.

This Junior Ranger Day event takes place just one week before a special Earth Day Beach Clean-up, hosted by Channel Islands National Park, on April 23. The event will be at the park visitor center in the Ventura Harbor, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. All ages are welcome.

The National Park Service Centennial honors 100 years of sharing America’s special places and helping Americans make meaningful connections to nature, history and culture. To learn more about Channel Islands National Park’s centennial efforts, visit

To learn more about Channel Islands National Park’s Junior Ranger programs visit:

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