Junior Ranger program open at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

The joy of touching a living desert tortoise is evident for this little girl at the TNEF Family Wildlife Day at the Santa Rosa Plateau, Saturday Nov. 4, 2023. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
Riverside County Parks, The Nature Education Foundation at the Santa Rosa Plateau and the Murrieta Public Library have teamed up to bring a Junior Ranger Program to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve now open to young students. TNEF members Marianne Lancaster, the foundation’s Nature Education Program Manager, volunteers Chris Rios and Kathy Blakemore along with County Parks interpreters began the new program in the local ecological reserve above Murrieta. The Junior Ranger Program at the Reserve is designed to teach youngsters from the ages of 5 to 14 to join in the efforts to save the Plateau and the national parks and forests. The Junior Ranger Program will help forward the children’s education about the value and need of the environment in our natural world and the urgent
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