Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

Just For Kids

Be A Junior Ranger

This summer become a junior ranger! Join a park ranger for eight weeks of activities, art projects and discovery walks that explore the natural and cultural history of the area. Discover the work of the reindeer herders, go on a scavenger hunt for cool native plants, create your own cultural garment, work as an archaeologist on your own dig site and more!

Children who attend will have a chance to create a Junior Ranger Kit! Those who attend four or more programs will receive a colorful patch and certificate displaying his or her achievements.

For children 6 to 12 years old, to sign-up to become a Junior Ranger stop by the Interpretive Center on Front Street, Sitnasuak building and see Nichole Andler or call (907) 443-2522 or 1 (800) 471-2352.

Thank you to National Park Foundation for supporting the publication of the new Junior Ranger book and the Alaska Natural History Association for supporting the Junior Ranger Kits.

Junior Ranger - Paper Making

Paper Making

Recycling is important to the health of National Parks and the planet. The air and water around us is connected to some far away places. If you live on Chesapeake Bay your water comes from as far away as southern New York State. Air in Europe and Asia effect the air in Alaska. Everything is connected. When you throw out your trash do you know where it goes when you take it out of your house? Could you be affecting someone downstream or down wind?

One of the things we can do to reduce negative affects downstream or downwind is recycle and buy recycled products. Aluminum can be recycled over and over again forever. You can reuse paper on both sides before you get rid of it. Instead of throwing paper out after you have used both sides, you can make it into "new recycled paper."

What you will need:

Wire screening (30 mesh); old paper of different types (newsprint, cardboard, copy paper); laundry starch; water; wash basin or other large pan; egg beaters or blender; newsprint, blotter paper, or old sheets (2). Wire screen can be secured to a frame for easier handling.

What to do:

1. Tear paper into small pieces, about the size of a quarter. Place in bottom of pan and cover with water. Let soak for at least 24 hours.

2. Make paper pulp. Cover scraps with water and laundry starch. (1 tablespoon starch to 1 cup of water. Pulp can be made without starch) beat with eggbeaters or in blender until mixture is pulpy, like gravy.

3. Put pulp back in pan if necessary. Dip wire screening into pulp from the side so it is completely covered with pulp.

4. Lift the screen straight out of the mixture. (Having a frame helps with this.) Decorate the new paper with leaves, dried flower petals, yarn or thread.

5. Place another piece of screening over new paper on the framed screen. Press gently. Put this between several layers of newsprint, blotting paper, or old sheets. (Old sheets are reusable over and over again.) Press using a rolling pin or by stepping on it.

6. Remove the top screen. Turn over the new paper and framed screen, new paper face down on a damp, old sheet or felt. The Screen can be removed or left overnight. Remove the dried paper by gently brushing the edges away from the screening.

For Kids

Mammoth, Muskox and Bears oh my!

Whether you live in Alaska, Florida, Iowa, New Mexico, West Virginia or anyplace else in the world you can discover the story of the Bering Land Bridge's past and present, and you can help make choices for its future. If you like exploring and discovering new things about animals, plants and Alaska take a look here.

Read about ice age wildlife and look at pictures from Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Find extended activities from your Junior Ranger book and more!