Boulder County
Junior Ranger Adventures
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Spend the Night in the Great Outdoors

To relax and unwind after a long day on the trails, rangers like to camp out under the stars with friends and family. Camping is a great way to connect with nature and leave all the distractions of life behind.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Pack up the family car and head to the woods, or pitch a tent in your own backyard. Sing campfire songs, eat a s’more, snuggle up in your sleeping bag and enjoy!

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Give Up Sugary Drinks for a Week

The day in the life of a park ranger is anything but typical. Rangers have to be prepared for anything and everything including rescues, wildfires, and wildlife encounters. Drinking plenty of water and avoiding sugary beverages is the key to completing these important missions.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Give up sugary drinks for one week!

Here are a few tips for you to follow when you give up sugary drinks.

  1. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Every ranger needs at least 8 cups of water a day.
  2. Skip fruit juice and eat fresh fruit instead. There is nothing better than eating an apple while you are hiking.
  3. Avoid soda and sports drinks all together!
  4. Drink water flavored with lemon slices or berries.
  5. Try coconut water, but choose plain instead of flavored.
  6. Encourage everyone in your family to give up sugary drinks too!
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Kick Off Event

The Boulder County Park Rangers are one big happy family who love to have outdoor adventures together. We want all our Junior Rangers to join the fun at the Family Outdoor Adventures Kickoff Event. Please join us on Saturday, June 3rd from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Betasso. You’ll participate in a camping themed relay, practice building a safe campfire and learn how to be Bear Aware.

Sorry, this event is sold out.

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Your Challenge: Attend the Kick Off Event on June 3.

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Explore Pella Crossing Open Space

Pella Crossing is a great place to explore with your family. It’s also a great fishing spot for people and wildlife alike. It’s important for the rangers to patrol Pella Crossing to make sure that the animals that live there are safe. One way you can help make Pella Crossing a safer place is by cleaning up fishing line. Fishing line is very hard to see and can hurt birds flying low to the ground and animals walking between the ponds.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Visit Pella Crossing and try to spot three different animals that call the ponds home while picking up as much fishing line as you can find.

Pella Crossing Website

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Know Before You Go

Whether we are camping or hiking, rangers are always prepared with a backpack stocked with the essentials, like extra clothes, a first aid kit, food, water and a map. Rangers also check the weather forecast before they leave for work. Sometimes the weather is too stormy and we decide not to go camping or on a hike at all.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Choose a place to go on a hike but check the local weather forecast first. Decide if it’s safe to go and what you need to pack.

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Hike to the Picnic Table on the Picture Rock Trail

In the middle of a long patrol hike, rangers need to take a break and fuel up with a healthy lunch. One of the coolest lunch spots at Heil Valley Ranch is on the Picture Rock Trail. There is a picnic table made out of a colorful sandstone rock that gives the Picture Rock Trail its name.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Hike two miles up the Picture Rock Trail all the way to the picnic table. Take a lunch break before you head back down the trail to the trailhead. This moderate hike is four miles roundtrip and very popular for mountain biking.

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Learn Archery Skills

Rangers are always looking to learn new skills, and we think archery is a fun way to enhance our strength, endurance and focus. Learn archery skills too by joining the rangers and Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Saturday, July 22 at the Crescent Meadows Trailhead at Walker Ranch. You’ll learn the how to safely use a bow and arrow, and practice shooting at a target.

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Your Challenge: Attend the Archery Skills program on July 22. The program is an hour long, and there are two timeslots available (9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.). Due to the weight of the equipment and the strength needed to successfully shot an arrow, the age limit for this challenge is 7 years old.

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Ride the Hessie Shuttle

A fun family adventure is to make the trek up to the beautiful Indian Peaks Wilderness. This popular location is very busy and parking is hard to come by. Luckily, there is a shuttle bus that can bring you there, no car needed.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Ride the Hessie Shuttle. The shuttle will pick you up at the RTD Park-N-Ride in Nederland, and drop you off at the Hessie Trailhead, just west of the Town of Eldora. If you’re ready for a big hike, try and make the 2.7 mile trek to Lost Lake.

Hessie Shuttle Website

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Climb a Rock Wall

Do you want to have strength, endurance, hand-eye coordination and mental focus? Then, rock climbing is the perfect activity for you! Rangers also need rock climbing skills to rescue injured climbers or nesting peregrine falcons.

Complete this challenge to earn 200 points!

Your Challenge: Climb a rock wall! Indoor climbing walls can be found at the Longmont, Broomfield and East Boulder Rec Centers, the Erie Community Center, the REI store in Denver, ABC Kids Climbing and the Boulder Rock Club in Boulder.

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Build a Home for a Bird, Bat or Bee

Part of a ranger’s job is to protect the homes of animal families like birds, bats and bees. Many birds live in holes in dead and dying trees or under the eaves of your roof at home. You can find bats living in old barns, attics, trees and caves. Bees need small spaces to raise their young. They seek out holes in wood to build their homes. Bees are very important to farmers because they pollinate their crops. If you like to eat apples, mangos and peaches, you have bees to thank!

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Your Challenge: Build a birdhouse, bat box or pollinator box and find a special spot for it outdoors. If you need a little help getting started, check out these links.

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Attend the Boulder County Fair

Life-long family memories are made at the county fair! This summertime favorite runs from July 28 to August 6 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont.

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Your Challenge: Spend a fun-filled day with your family or friends at the Boulder County Fair. You’ll experience life on the ranch with pony rides and a petting zoo. Test your strength and endurance at the Pedal Tractor Pull or the Ninja Obstacle Course. Join the family sing-along, and watch the magic show and comedy routine. There’s no shortage of amazing activities at the fair!

Boulder County Fair Website

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No Tech Day

The great outdoors offers peace and quiet, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Rangers love to leave technology behind and enjoy nature’s unique sights and sounds.

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Your Challenge: Turn off the TV, cell phone, tablet, computer and video games and have a no tech day! Instead, spend at least two hours outside.

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Wheelchair Hike

Nearly every country in the world has park rangers working in parks and protected areas. Some park rangers work to protect endangered animals like rhinoceros and African elephants while other park rangers help protect special places like historic homes and buildings. Rangers come in all shapes and sizes and have different abilities and talents. Some rangers even work from a wheelchair!

Complete this challenge to earn 200 points!

Your Challenge: Meet Ranger Topher Downham at the top of Flagstaff Mountain and patrol the Ute Trail using wheelchairs and adaptive all-terrain handbikes! This event occurs on Sunday, July 30 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Become a Nature Detective

Rangers investigate mysteries of the natural kind every day in the parks. From inspecting animal scat or tracks to figuring out the owner of a feather or piece of fur. You can become a park investigator too by joining the Nature Detectives Kids Club.

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Your Challenge: Visit a park that has the Nature Detectives Kids Club and complete the Mystery Guide.

Nature Detectives Website

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Partner Up and Explore a New Place

A co-patrol is when rangers partner up, and go on a hike or bike ride with another ranger. Rangers like to go on co-patrols when they are exploring an open space area that they’ve never been to before.

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Your Challenge: Go on a one mile co-patrol with an adult to an open space trail or park that you’ve never been to before.

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Attend National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 1, families will get together with their local park rangers, police officers and firefighters at National Night Out. You could meet search and rescue dogs, watch the bomb squad robot in action, see a medevac helicopter, climb in patrol cars and much, much more. These events are located all around Boulder County – in Lyons, Longmont, Superior, Erie, Boulder, Nederland and lots of other neighborhoods.

Complete this challenge to earn a campsite item and 200 points!

Your Challenge: Attend a National Night Out event with your family and friends.

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Clean Up a Green Space

Rangers love insects, but hate litter bugs. Seeing trash in the parks can really put a damper on a hike or bike ride. It can be dangerous to wildlife as well. Animals eat trash, get stuck in it and even use it to build their nests, which can be harmful to their young.

Complete this challenge to earn 200 points!

Your Challenge: Choose a green space that is special to you to clean up. It can be a trail, neighborhood park, greenway, or even your favorite playground. Ask a friend or family member to help. Remember to wear gloves and be careful not to pick up anything sharp.

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Climb, Swing & Slide at a Playground Nearby

For rangers, the parks are our playgrounds. We get exercise and have plenty of fun climbing trees, swinging on branches and sliding into the creek on a hot day. But there’s nothing like hanging on the monkey bars, jumping on a merry-go-round and climbing the jungle gyms at a good old playground.

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Your Challenge: Visit a playground near your home and play on every piece of equipment there. Take your family with you and spend at least one hour playing outside.

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Build-It Bash

Rangers must be prepared to fix and build anything you can find in a park or along a trail. If a sign post breaks, a ranger will build a new one. If a bridge is missing a wooden plank, a ranger will install a new one. Rangers carry many different types of tools in their backpacks and in their patrol trucks. For this very special challenge, ask your mom or dad to help you pack your tool kit, leather gloves, and safety glasses and join the rangers at Walker Ranch for fix-it workshop and building extravaganza!

Complete this challenge to earn 200 points!

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Get Moving on a Regional Trail

Travel from town to town like the rangers by using your own two feet, or your bike’s two wheels. The LOBO Regional Trail takes you from Longmont to Boulder and back. The Coal Creek/Rock Creek Regional Trail system makes it easy to go from Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Broomfield without using the city streets.

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Your Challenge: Hike or bike a section of a regional trail. Use the Boulder County Regional Trail maps to find a trail near you, then, go check it out!

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Plant a Vegetable Garden

Rangers love to eat their veggies, especially when they are home grown! Planting a vegetable garden is an easy way to always have fresh veggies, plus they taste even more delicious when you pick them yourself.

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Your Challenge: Plant a vegetable garden in your yard. If you don’t have a yard, you can use a pot or a flowerbox for your garden. Pick your favorite veggies, like tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and zucchinis.

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