Walnut Canyon National Monument offers a Junior Ranger Program for children of all ages. They have an activity booklet for children who can read and an activity booklet for children with limited reading skills.
As I stated in the Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano post, my family visited Wupatki, Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon National Monument on April 12, 2009. Walnut Canyon was probably my favorite. The views were spectacular. We explored the Island Trail, which is a 1 mile round trip strenuous hike. The trail descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon, and returns the same way. The trail is paved, but not accessible to wheelchairs, due to steep canyon terrain and many stairs. There were about 25 cliff dwelling rooms along the trail and we could see that there were many more across the canyon. During our visit, part of the trail was closed due to a rock slide, so instead of a 1 mile loop, we walked as far as we could then returned the way we came.
The girls received their Junior Ranger workbooks at the Visitor Center. They both choose to complete the activity booklet for children with limited reading skills. Our six year old daughter could have completed the other workbook, but at the time of our visit, her reading skills were still limited and we thought the one workbook with limited reading skills was more appropriate. This activity book was definitely age appropriate for our four year old. After completing the activity book, I realized that is was way too easy for our six year old.
In this posting, I will discuss the activities of the workbook for children with limited reading skills. They are as follows:
1. Connect matching pictures.
2. Find something that the people used and draw a picture of it.
3. Count the cliff dwelling you can see.
4. Circle items that people living at Walnut Canyon long ago did NOT have.
5. Tell a Park Ranger one way you can help take care of places like Walnut Canyon National Monument.
After completing the workbooks, we returned to the Visitor Center. Ranger Steve Nycz verified the girls had completed the books and then had them take the Junior Ranger Pledge. After taking the pledge, they were awarded Walnut Canyon Junior Ranger Badges and Ranger Nycz posed for a picture with them.