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Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River Thinks Outside the Box with the Junior Ranger Program

BEACH LAKE, Pennsylvania. – Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River celebrates National Park Week, specifically Junior Ranger Day on April 29, 2023, with the launch of a newly designed Junior Ranger interactive, fold-out pocket booklet and wooden Junior Ranger badge.

Visitors may pick up the fresh take on the Junior Ranger booklet while visiting Upper Delaware or by visiting the river’s webpage: Upper Delaware Junior Ranger.

The website includes a video demonstration of how to unfold the pocket-sized, adventure-ready 2.5-inch x 4 inch booklet. The Upper Delaware Junior Ranger Activity booklet creates a more personal and thoughtful experience through integrating what visitors are doing and thinking about while experiencing the river. The booklet is recommended for ages 5-12 but is fun for all ages. 

Youth and youth-at-heart who complete the new booklet may receive a newly designed, wooden Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Junior Ranger badge. The badge shows off a bald eagle illustration from the booklet.

This project is a collaboration between local youth and graphic artist Nathaniel Pereira-Mendoza, ENGN Civic Creative Center, and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Over the course of a year, Nathaniel researched, drew, and designed the book with input from local youth of many ages. Upper Delaware staff provided guidance and content, and ENGN provided mentorship. Artist Pereira-Mendoza hopes, “…that those who use the booklet are able to learn and be educated from it and also have fun and enjoy doing so.” 

This collaboration builds on a previous partnership between ENGN and Upper Delaware, working with local youth with graphic design skills to create new water safety posters for Upper Delaware’s Water Safety Campaign.  

National Park Week is celebrated from April 22 – 30, 2023 to encourage people to discover the places, programs, experiences, and stories of the National Park Service. Learn more about National Park Week by visiting   


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