Ranger Readalong gets kids excited about parks

MARQUETTE — As part of National Reading Month, kids at the Peter White Public Library had the chance to read with some special guests. Some Park Rangers from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising visited children to read to them and teach them more about what National Parks have to offer.

“So it’s kind of getting an introduction, getting a connection with the National Parks with young children so that they can develop a sense of stewardship, learn about the different aspects of the outdoors and make them want to go outdoors,” said Taylor Mace, an education intern at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Ranger Readalong Program is beneficial, and seems to get kids excited about the Nation’s great park system.

“After our programs end, we typically have a lot of children come up and be like, ‘Oh, I can’t wait to come to the park,’ It’s really nice when they get an idea, because we like to teach them a little bit about the National Parks Service at the beginning of every program,” siad Mace.

The program is entering its last scheduled month, and hopes to continue teaching kids about the benefits of National Parks.