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Kickoff for Negro Bar State Historic Park Junior Ranger Program
by Michael Harris
Sunday Mar 28th, 2021 10:41 AM
Early California Pan African Pioneers, both free and enslaved were a key part of the California Gold Rush. Our California Buffalo Soldiers were the early California Park Rangers and initial stewards of the land in an unsurpassed way.
Come and discover the Historic Gold Mining Town of Negro Bar as part of our Negro Bar State Historic Park - Junior Rangers Program

International, Federal, State and Regional stakeholders will help research, document, preserve and interpret the golden legacy of the mining town of Negro Bar, Sacramento County as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, National Parks Service, Department of Interior, California Parks and Recreation with seamless cooperation with Folsom Parks and Recreation throughout Lake Natoma District .

Worldwide elementary school and middle school students ages 6 thru 14 years old, will be able to participate in our distant learning program preparing them for our onsite “Junior Rangers” award programs to kickoff during 2021 California Juneteenth celebrations throughout the American River Parkway.

Negro Bar Historic State Park, is currently an underserved sub-unit of the vast Folsom Lake Recreational Area, managed by the California State Parks for various Federal Agencies whom have aligned historically to remove all notion of the salient contributions of early California Pan African Pioneers.

Together, we will expand the traditional guided Junior Rangers program to feature Pan African Heritage along the American River Parkway (1840-1875) in context of a full experience of the pre-California Gold Rush, the transition from Mexican Statehood to US Statehood and a greater measure of freedom earned on the bloody battles of our US Civil War.

There are 12 different activities planned, as part of the Negro Bar Historic State Park Junior Ranger Program. Geology, ecology, history, safety, plants, and wildlife are some of the activity areas that kids will be explore in the program open to youth globally, online and onsite.

“Junior Rangers” is a California statewide educational program in which children aged 6 to 14 are encouraged to participate and learn to value the beauty of California.

Our new program will emphasize stewardship of park resources and connect innovative educational resources to global concerns.

Awards such as pins, certificates, and patches will be given to participants as they progress through the program targeted to roll out during our 2021 Folsom Juneteenth Freedom Celebration.

Our exciting new program is being designed to encourage all children and visitors discover the rich natural, cultural and "hidden" Pan African ethnic heritage preserved within our California State Parks set in the California Gold Rush Era.
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