Posted on July 31, 2014
Park rangers work in all sorts of parks – world heritage sites, national monuments and parks, state parks, even county and city parks. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a park should take a moment today to thank rangers for the work they do protecting the world's natural and cultural treasures.
Another reason for the day is to commemorate the rangers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
According to the official website of the International Ranger Federation, a shocking number of rangers have been murdered in Africa and other places because they were doing their job. I can certainly see why someone would create a day to honor these brave men and women!
Park rangers are often under-equipped and underpaid—and that is something to work on!—but they shouldn't be under-appreciated as well!
Some ideas for World Ranger Day include creating thank-you cards to give to park rangers, choosing a local ranger to honor, light a candle for rangers who have died in the line of duty, plant a tree as a tribute to a ranger, host an event in which rangers speak to kids or adults about their work, donate money to a park or to the IRF.
- The U.S. National Park Service hires more than 20 thousand employees—in job categories from archeologists to fish biologists, from masons to electricians, from landscape architects to museum professionals. About 4,000 of the employees are park rangers.
- Wiki How has an article about how to become a park ranger.
- Here is a short video about a short, grim time in the lives of USNPS park rangers.
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