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Jr. Ranger Books: More Than A Word Search!
February 2, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PSTFree
GAHI 2023: Global Excellence in Interpretation FREE WEBINAR SERIES
Webinar 1: Presented by NAI (February 2, 10 am Mountain Time)
In 2022, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Specialist Caitlin Campbell won the Freeman Tilden Award, the highest award presented to a National Park Service individual to recognize outstanding contributions to the profession of interpretation.
Campbell was recognized for her work on the Lewis and Clark Trail Junior Ranger program, a free activity booklet that kids can complete to earn a Junior Ranger badge.
Inclusiveness, collaboration, and accessibility were highlights of the program. The Junior Ranger booklet begins not with an uncharted wilderness, but with a continent bustling with Native trade, art, and technology. Activities highlight the diverse backgrounds and skills of Lewis and Clark Expedition members and the expedition’s reliance on Tribal nations. Accessible, innovative features—including audio-described read along videos, a Native names online guide, and tactile maps—boost engagement for all.
Caitlin’s project was also the recipient of the NAI 2021 Media Award in the book category.
Before her work with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Campbell served as in interpretive ranger and education technician positions at Glacier Bay National Park, Sequoia National Park, Glacier National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, and Rocky Mountain National Park. Her work planning, writing, illustrating, and designing Junior Ranger books includes work for Dinosaur National Monument, Let’s Go Fishing! national Junior Angler Program, Fossil Butte National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Mount Rainier National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.