National Park Service Press Release

‘Songs for Junior Rangers’ is a Hit with Kids
For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2013
Contact(s):   Kathy Kupper, (202) 208-6843

‘Songs for Junior Rangers’ is a Hit with Kids

WASHINGTON: The National Park Service CD “Songs for Junior Rangers” has children across the country doing the limbo, acting like bison, laughing, singing, and pretending to be in a cave. The CD’s 20 fun tracks include “Wapiti Hoppity” about elk, “Spelunka Funka” about caving, “Frozen Bulldozin” about glaciers and Four Presidents” about Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

“The songs on this CD entertain and educate at the same time,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The witty lyrics and blend of musical styles, such as hip hop, reggae, blues, jazz, rock, zydeco, funk, and even polka, will have everyone in the family singing and dancing while they learn about the wonders of national parks.”

The Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, recently gave “Songs for Junior Rangers” its Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

The album features park ranger musicians from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as well as Navajo singer/songwriter Krishel Augustine and youth ambassadors from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The a cappella group Committed, the children’s group Trout Fishing in America, and PBS personality Aaron Nigel Smith also appear on the album. 

Visit the album’s website for free downloads and purchasing information.

The National Park Service album was funded by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and distributed by Eastern National, a non-profit cooperating association. Portions of the proceeds from the album fund Junior Ranger projects throughout the country.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

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