Park Ranger swears in new Junior Rangers at Kosciusko Visitor’s Center (video)


Attala County has a new pair of Junior Rangers.

Sisters Elizabeth and Felicity Burdine earned their Junior Ranger badges Friday morning at the Kosciusko Visitor’s Center.

Natchez Trace Park Ranger Brandon Higgins was on hand to teach the duo about the Natchez Trace and other national parks. He went over the different types of animals along the Trace and spoke about the many different ways Rangers help protect the Parkway.

Ranger Higgins inspected the girls’ Junior Ranger Activity Books, given to them at the first Junior Ranger meeting back in June, and deemed them ready to receive their badges.

The girls were sworn in by reciting the official Junior Ranger motto.

After they had earned their badges, volunteer student ranger Karanja Matory held a skulls and skins presentation that featured all the animals that might be encountered along the Trace.

Kids ages 6 and up can become a Junior Ranger at the Natchez Trace Parkway by completing the activities in the Junior Ranger Activity book. By completing activities like word searches, walking on a section of the Old Trace, or asking a park ranger about their job, kids will learn more about the Natchez Trace Parkway and move closer to earning their Junior Ranger badges.

Click here for more information on the Junior Ranger program.

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