By Andi Bourne

Junior Ranger Day spurs interest in State Parks


October 14, 2021

Josh Gross, Montana State Parks

Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member Hillary Sward leading the Bonner third graders in their Junior Ranger pledge. The pledge promises to take care of the land, be a steward, and learn about Montana's fish, wildlife and parks. Students also received their Junior Ranger badge.

GREENOUGH: Monday, Oct. 4 third grade students from Bonner learned more about their surroundings and the recreation offered at Montana State Parks. Developed by State Parks AmeriCorps member Hillary Sward and led by State Park staff and other AmeriCorps members, the first "Junior Ranger Day" held at Salmon Lake State Park taught students about camping, fishing, water safety and their natural surroundings.

Prior to becoming an AmeriCorps volunteer, Sward taught 5-12 grade bands. She attended the University of Montana and obtained a Master of Science in Geography with a certificate in Environ...

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