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Tongass debuts new Junior Ranger booklet

Cover for the new Tongass National Forest Junior Ranger activity book. The colver shows line art of the Tongass in the background, a river with a cruise ship saliing in the background, forest on both sides, and a drawing of a jumping salmon The new Tongass National Forest Junior Ranger booklet is now available online and in forest offices and visitor centers. The booklet features Alaska Native culture and language and is intended for children aged 5 to 13.

Activities teach children about glaciers, salmon, temperate rainforests, plants, mammals, bears and traditional native (Tlingit) values. The booklet presents activities that meet a variety of skill levels and can be completed at any Tongass National Forest office or visitor center—aspiring rangers don’t have to travel throughout the Tongass to become a Junior Ranger. The Junior Forest Ranger program is an exciting way for young people to explore their national forests and grasslands. The program uses Forest Service science and practices to encourage children to enjoy and appreciate nature. It motivates children to explore the natural and cultural world, embrace their responsibility to it and creates the next generation of forest stewards.

The Tongass Junior Ranger booklet also incorporates formline artwork drawn by local middle school students. Formline art is a feature in the indigenous art of the northwest coast of North America, distinguished by the use of characteristic shapes referred to as ovoids, U forms and S forms.