|The original sign for Casa Grande|
|One of our friendly guides explaining the history of Casa Grande|
|EJ recording the ruins on our GoPro|
I have to say the park rangers and volunteers were fantastic and made receiving the junior ranger badge a special treat. They patiently went through the completed workbook with EJ and complimented his work. They also made sure to choose a spot where photos would include the ruins and did an entire swearing-in ceremony with him. A super memory for the whole family!
|Junior Ranger swearing in ceremony|
|One of the interpretive signs near the picnic area|
On our drive back to the hotel, EJ was excited to tell us all about what he had learned. He was quite upset at the thought of early visitors to the site taking 'souvenirs' and leaving graffiti on the walls. This lead to a discussion of respecting the special places that we visit and also what kids can do to let others know why this is so important. I love that the National Parks Service includes this type of information at a level that kids can understand and appreciate.
When bedtime rolled around, EJ had already made plans for visiting another park the next day and was looking forward to getting his next activity book started.