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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, July 20, 2014

Junior Rangers Dive Under the Sea

Ventura, CA — Channel Islands National Park invites youth to become
Junior Ranger Underwater Explorers and to take a virtual dive in the
kelp forest via Channel Islands Live.

Recently, nine year-old Tigran Nahabedian was sworn in as the park’s
first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer. Nahabedian adds this new
distinction to his collection of junior ranger badges from 27 national
parks including Lassen, Death Valley, Oregon Caves, and Yellowstone.

Nahabedian said, “Channel Islands National Park is still my favorite
since it has so many seabirds and great snorkeling.”

Nahabedian resides with his family in Ojai and has had an interest in
wildlife and science from an early age. He began participating in the
Channel Islands National Park Island Junior Ranger Program during a
visit to Santa Cruz Island to view seabirds and foxes when he was only
five years old.

Nahabedian “dove in” as quickly as he could when the new Underwater
Explorer Junior Ranger Program became available. He found the booklet
online and completed it before Channel Islands National Park Ranger
Kelly Moore was able to provide him the printed version. Eager to be
as involved with national parks, Nahabedian asked Ranger Moore, “How
many junior ranger badges do I need before I become a real ranger?”

The experiences Nahabedian has had in the national parks and through
his participation in the Junior Ranger Program have fueled his passion
for science and the outdoors. He encourages other kids to become
involved as well.

Many national parks have their own Junior Ranger Programs. There are
also themed programs like Underwater Explorers that focus on specific
topics including paleontology, astronomy, wilderness, and the
underground railway. Youth can also visit national parks virtually by
participating online via the Web Rangers Program.

Channel Islands Live Dive programs are broadcast in real time from
underwater fourteen miles offshore from Anacapa Island to the Internet
and to the park’s mainland Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center in
Ventura Harbor. Programs are scheduled every Wednesday through Labor
Day at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm PT.

To learn more about Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer:
http://www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal/assets/docs/UnderwaterExplorerJuniorRangerBooklet.pdf

To learn more about Channel Islands National Park Junior Ranger programs:
http://www.nps.gov/chis/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm

To learn more about other NPS Junior Ranger programs: www.nps.gov/kids

To experience Channel Islands Live Dive programs:
http://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/live-programs.htm

This publication is available online at:
www.nps.gov/chis/parknews/newsreleases.htm

Contact

Yvonne Menard
Chief of Interpretation & Public Information Officer
Channel Islands National Park
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 658-5725
Fax (805) 658-5799

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