World Ranger Day is July 31, 2011

Each year July 31 marks World Ranger Day and the anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation. The day encourages people to remember those rangers who have been injured or killed while on duty.

Additionally, the day allows people to celebrate all the hard work and dedication all rangers contribute to protecting the world’s cultural and natural treasures. Here in the United States, we have park rangers at both the state and national level. Rangers help us better enjoy and understand the parks that we visit through educational trail hikes, demonstrations and interpretation.

The first World Ranger Day was celebrated in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF. Champions of conservation and preservation, the parks wouldn’t be the same without the dedication of the rangers.