The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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


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.