During our recent trip to Colorado, both kids enjoyed the Junior Ranger activity books they received for free at Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Parks. They worked on the books, pledged to safeguard the U.S. National Parks and became official Junior Rangers.
We also paid about $8 each for Passport to Your National Parks books, so they could collect passport stamps and stickers to record each of their national park visits.
This little activity book from REI is similar. Available for free at REI stores or for download here, it’s a perfect excuse to explore a local park or hiking trail, and a lot more accessible if you don’t happen to live near a national park. Click here to find a local trail and REI will lead you to hiking and biking trails near your home or next vacation spot.
New books come out in June, but my local REI still had plenty of last year’s version. They gave me 20 of them for the children at our upcoming family reunion in Central Oregon (another great part of the country to revel in the great outdoors).