10 Reasons to Take Your Kid to the National Park
Instill a love of nature in your child this summer
1. 20 miles of beautiful trails to run on - that will keep them busy! For little ones there is a one mile Junior Ranger Loop that is a perfect way to start your child on a life of hiking.
2. A chance to count the painted turtles sunning on the logs at the Pogue
3. Enjoy a ranger-led Junior Ranger program (ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult) These events are FREE, have varied themes and run from June 24 through August 22. There are short explorations on Tuesdays from 11-11:30 am and longer programs on Saturdays from 2-3pm
4. Learn about the nature of the park with a Ranger, Starting July 1, these Nature Programs - for all ages - will be Sundays and Wednesdays at 11 am - noon or 12:30 (ish) FREE
5. Earn a Junior Ranger badge by yourself! To earn your badge hike the Junior Ranger Loop around the mansion and through the forests. Complete activities along the way, interview a park ranger, and return to the Visitor Center to be sworn in as a Junior Ranger. Pick up a booklet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center.
6. Go on a Forest Quest and seek out treasures hidden in the Mount Tom Forest! Activities and riddles will reveal clues to help you unravel the forest's mysteries. This two-hour family-oriented hike is held several times a season. Check out the schedule of events, or call 802-457-3368 ext 222. *It can also be self-guided. Pick up a copy at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center, or print it at home (make sure to get both documents):
Page 1: Map and Directions (pdf - 56kb)*
- Pages 2-4: Clues (pdf - 160kb)*