Beginning October 5th, kids, families and even adults can embark on a six-week Junior Ranger journey, exploring the nature and history of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) to earn a Junior Ranger Badge. The Junior Ranger Ramble has been reimagined to feature an online, weekly series of videos and activities that bring kids and their families out of the house and into the natural world. A virtual swearing-in will be held in mid-November.
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area’s Junior Ranger program introduces kids of all ages to the historic and natural significance of the AMNHA, a 40,000-acre landscape located just outside Atlanta. Featuring the massive granite outcrops of Arabia and Panola Mountains, historic Flat Rock community and downtown Lithonia, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, the running waters of the South River and more, the NHA offers dozens of opportunities for discovery and outdoor exploration. Each week of the Junior Ranger Ramble will focus on a different facet of this landscape, engaging participants with the rich natural world and powerful history of the NHA in the process.
Participation in the 2020 Junior Ranger Ramble is free; participants can register here. The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, the nonprofit management entity of the NHA, is also offering special Discovery Kits for $15 (the cost of shipping). Discovery Kits offer kids several tools and supplies to further their outdoor exploration far beyond the completion of the Junior Ranger program. The Kits are not essential to complete the Junior Ranger Ramble.