Erie County has created a free, self-guided Junior Ranger program program to encourage children and families to visit more of the county's 18 recreational parks. Participants can pick up the 30-page, full-color passport books at designated county parks and hunt for codes at each one. The passports can also be downloaded online.
To become a Junior Park Ranger, participants must visit five main "Heritage Parks" and at least five of the other parks listed in the passport book. They must then locate and record a special code for each park. Hints, maps, and geographic coordinates of where the park codes are located can be found on the county parks website by clicking on "Family Fun."
Those who then successfully complete their Junior Park Ranger applications online will be mailed a special certificate. A ceremony honoring all of the 2017 Junior Park Rangers will be held sometime this fall at Chestnut Ridge Park.