Reaching Out to Kids

The Sequoia Parks Foundation has received a grant of $100,000 from Madera County’s Jeangerard Family Foundation. They are longtime supporters of the Parks and a portion of this year’s grant will help educate youth as well as increase accessibility in the parks.

National parks should be for everyone. But too often low-income youth in the Central Valley have no reason to go despite their close proximity to Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

The Junior Ranger program seeks to remedy that with a program for ages 5 and up that teaches about the natural sciences. The Jeangerard Family Foundation’s grant will help this award-winning program by funding an update and reprint of the Junior Ranger Booklets provided free in any visitor center, as well making new badges for children who earn them by completing the booklets. With more support, the program will be able to bring more youth to the parks, and to develop more fun, educational activities on topics like geography, history, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.