The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 21, 2013

Applications accepted for NPS kids’ program

Have you ever wanted to go whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and more in the gorge? Join National Park Service rangers to participate in a series of fun and educational adventures at New River Gorge National River this summer.

The park is currently accepting applications for its Rangers-in-Training summer program.

If you are a student in Summers, Raleigh or Fayette counties and between the ages of 14 and 17, you can sign up for a free summer adventure program offered by the National Park Service.

Teens will participate in four day-trips where they will experience new and challenging outdoor activities, make new friends, learn about their national park and have fun.

There will be two sessions offered, June 17-20 and June 24-28.

To apply, complete the application located at http://www.nps.gov/neri/

forkids/rangers-in-

training.htm and return it to the park at the address on the form or contact Mark Bollinger at 304-640-8731.

Rangers-in-Training is designed to engage underserved youth, ages 14-17, from local communities to play outside and explore their park. Youth participate in a series of safe, supervised, fun, and exciting outdoor adventures that enhances their appreciation of New River Gorge National River, encourages a love of the outdoors and allows participants to explore career opportunities with the National Park Service.

Things to know:

— The Rangers in Training program is a free program. You must submit an application for selection.  

— Selected teens are expected to attend all four day-trips.

— Students will need transportation to and from a designated high school in their county.

— Free transportation from the high school to the adventure site will be provided, as well as lunch each day.

— Teens selected are required to have an emergency contact form and signed safety release form(s) before attending the day-trips.

 

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