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Courtesy photo. The Waterloo Junior Ranger badge.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Katie McGlashen for the information in this story.)

Children who attend three programs at the Eddy Discovery Center throughout the summer can earn a Waterloo Junior Ranger Badge to iron on a favorite hat or backpack.

Kids obtain a punch card at their first nature program and then have the presenter punch a hole for every program that they attend during the summer.

Katie McGlashen, park interpreter, at the Eddy Discovery Center says “the badge program is meant to encourage participation in park activities and outdoor learning experiences while kids are out of school.”  Cards with three punches can be turned in for a Waterloo Ranger Badge and a Department of Natural Resources “My Outdoor Pledge” card. The new Junior Rangers will take the pledge with park staff to spend at least one hour every day outside enjoying, exploring, and learning nature’s lessons.

Badge Funding
The Waterloo Natural History Association generously provided the funding for the badges, and supports the Discovery Center throughout the year with program funding, gift shop revenue, and special events.

Future Conservationists
The Department of Natural Resources is looking to foster a relationship with Michigan’s natural resources in future generations. Many local children have already benefited from the programs and activities at the Eddy Discovery Center such as; After School Archery, Creekin’ for Crayfish, and the Hook, Line and Sinker programs.

Nature Program Information
The Waterloo Junior Ranger badge program is a great way to get your family outdoors and interested in nature and parks this summer. You can visit www.Michigan.gov/eddycenter and click on the weekly nature programs link to get an up-to-date schedule of programs, or visit the Waterloo facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooRecArea/.

About the Center
Founded in 1976, Eddy Discovery Center is a visitor center in Waterloo Recreation Area, a Michigan State Park, at 17030 Bush Road. They provide approximately 350 programs to 7,400 visitors per year.

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One Response to “Eddy Discovery Center Announces Junior Ranger Badge Program”

  1. Michelle Kauppila says:

    My daughter received a “Waterloo Junior Ranger” badge and our puppy chewed it up. How can I get her a replacement? I am happy to make a donation in exchange for it.

    Thank you,
    Michelle Kauppila
    515 S. Brown Street
    Jackson, MI 49203