JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in Grand Teton National Park’s Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, May 4. This year’s event, titled “The Bear Necessities,” is themed around bear ecology and safety.

Kids of all ages and their families are invited to the free event this weekend. (NPS)

Junior Ranger Day will take place from 10am to 1pm at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose. The event is free and open to the public. All children who participate in activities can earn a Junior Ranger badge.

The event will include indoor and outdoor fun for the whole family. Families can participate in activities to learn about bear identification, food storage, and how to use bear spray. Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, The Cougar Fund, The Raptor Center, and others will be on hand to teach about bears and other predators that call this area home. Fire engines, patrol cars, and snowplows will be available for exploration.

The National Park Service is pleased to work with Systems of Education’s Roll into Readiness campaign for this event. Roll into Readiness is a partnership of local education organizations to promote informal learning opportunities among families. Bilingual staff and Teton Literacy Center partners will assist with activities at the event.

Junior Ranger Day is made possible in part with support from the Grand Teton Association. The nonprofit park partner will offer a discount (15% for non-members and 20% for GTA members) on merchandise in the visitor center bookstore on Saturday, May 4.