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August 17, 2010 > Junior Rangers like to move it, move it

Junior Rangers like to move it, move it

Submitted By U.S. Department of the Interior

"Let's Move Outside, Junior Rangers!" is First Lady Michelle Obama's call to kids across the country. Thirty-six national parks nationwide have launched "Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger." National Park Junior Rangers will not only have fun and get exercise, but also receive an extra reward for working up a sweat. So far this summer, thousands of kids have earned the title while discovering that exercise doesn't equal drudgery.

Young people who complete a physical activity in pursuit of their Junior Ranger badge receive a sticker that designates them as a Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. The activities range from adventures like snorkeling or kayaking at Assateague National Seashore and hiking and camping at Colorado National Monument to swimming at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and canoeing in a 26-foot Norse canoe at Voyageurs National Park.

"'The Let's Move Outside' program in our national parks provides a wonderful way for parents to help their children gain a passion for outdoor recreation while teaching them about our nation's beautiful lands, our rich cultural heritage, and our storied past," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The program engages young people in educational programs and self-guided exploration on America's public lands and waters. The activities promise to be fun, healthy, and family friendly.

"Young people inspire us; we want to help them be vigorous and curious for life. It starts with family fun. National parks are amazing places where exercise is disguised as adventure, and we sneak in some learning too," National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said.

Throughout the summer "Let's Move Outside" programs and events will be held in conjunction with schools, community groups, and other partners.

"Let's Move Outside," led by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, provides tools and information to parents to make it easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active. It is part of First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation.

By summer's end, 50 national parks will offer "Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger." Before heading out, visit www.letsmove.gov/letsmoveoutside.php for more information about activities and participating parks. This website hub will link families to the great outdoors and give tips and ideas on how to best plan and enjoy an active visit.

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