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Spots Open in Hawaii Volcanoes’ Junior Ranger Program

June 6, 2014, 5:51 PM HST
* Updated June 6, 5:53 PM
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Youngsters 9 to 12 years old are being invited to become junior rangers through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Keiki o Hawaii Nei summer program.

The four-day event runs from Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20.

“Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei is designed to encourage a child’s enthusiasm for discovery by connecting them with the park’s resources and staff, and to inspire their appreciation of what is uniquely Hawaiian by exploring the natural and cultural heritage of Hawaii,” a park spokeswoman said.

Participants must bring and be able to carry their own day pack with water, snacks, lunch, and raingear, and hike up to three miles at a leisurely pace.

The program’s hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on June 17 and 20, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18 and 19.

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On Tuesday and Friday, children will explore Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and on Wednesday and Thursday, they will visit the national parks on the west side of Hawai‘i Island. Transportation is provided, and there is no cost to enroll.

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To reserve a space, call the park’s Education Center at (808) 985-6019 and leave your name, email address, phone number, name of child, the child’s age, and gender. You will be emailed a registration form to complete and return.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, June 13.

Visit the park website to download the Keiki o Hawai‘i Nei flyer.

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