ULM, MT – Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) and First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park invite children ages 6 to 12 years nature with Junior Ranger programs ever Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00pm, June 13 through August 15, 2019. Children who attend two programs will become a Certified Junior Ranger. Attend five programs for a surprise event at the end of summer. Open to all ages but formatted for children 6 - 12 years.

For more information about the call the park visitor center at (406) 866-2217.

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park - Fairfield Sun Times file photo

First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Ulm, Montana

Full Junior Ranger Program Schedule:

June 13th – 2019Primitive Hunting Weapons:  The atlatl as well as the bow and arrow were used thousands of years ago and allowed the Native people to subdue larger, stronger, and faster prey. Learn the history of these primitive weapons and how to properly handle and shoot them within a safe environment. We ask you to pre-register by calling 406-866-2217, limit 30 individuals for this class. Children must be 8 years or older and must be accompanied by an adult.

June 20th –Traditional Creation of Native Dyes: Learn how to create your own dyes, with natural materials, used by Native Americans many years ago. Create your own story rocks to take home.

June 27th – What Makes the Weather: We see the weather every day when we look outside, but what makes it happen? During this program, you will learn how the water cycle plays an important role in weather, along with other mechanisms. Join us as we recreate the water cycle and create our own cloud in a jar.

July 4th – Berry Delicious: The golden current has been a prized summer berry for Native American cultures, often eaten fresh, dried, or added to pemmican. The plant also has many other uses. Learn about the different berries found at the park. Come sample for yourself.

July 11th – Dino Daze: Before the First Peoples, there were the first creatures, and an entirely different land than what we know today: a big inland ocean, complete with ancient critters such as dinosaurs. Come learn about the park as it was millions of years ago. Can you put the pieces of the past together?

July 18th – Native Skies: Fascinated with the sky? The Native people were as well and told many stories of the night skies. Come listen to Blackfoot oral stories and learn of their origins, and the meanings of different constellations. View and make your own constellation.

July 25th – The Games of Survival, Strength, and Sport: Native games are more than just games. They build body and spirit through exercise and are played by all age groups—children, youth, and adults. Many games reinforced group cooperation and sharpened survival skills often in hostile environments. Make your own game piece while learning how to play.

August 1st – Musical Moments: Do you like to dance? How about sing? The First People loved to sing and dance and had many ceremonies where they did both. Learn about the history and make your own musical moment.

August 8th – Natural Mats and Coverings: Aside from many food products and medicines, Native Americans used cattails for a variety of types of weaving. They weaved mats, baskets and other items using hand-held finger-weaving and braiding techniques.

August 15th – Camping 101: Are you interested in learning important camping skills? Well here’s your chance! Learn skills, such as the best way to pack your bag, pitch a tent, and start a fire. Come on over and be better prepared for your next adventure.

August 17th – JRP Celebration Campout at The Jump: Interested in camping? This years’ Junior Rangers have the opportunity to campout at our park if they participate in a minimum of 5 Junior Ranger Programs this summer here at First Peoples. Jr Rangers will have a chance to play some traditional games, enjoy a campfire with S'more, and more. Also, Jr Rangers will learn how the Sun warms the Earth during the Solar Power program. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Bring your own tent and camping supplies.

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