Seven hundred Mesa County students got to put on their ranger hats at the Colorado National Monument Friday.
Third and fourth graders were hiking to different activity stations for the third annual National Junior Ranger Day.
Rangers taught them how to use binoculars to hunt for critters and the four cardinal directions.
Students got to learn basic camping skills and songs and the roast marshamallows.
Park rangers say this event is important to give the next generation an appreciation for preserving parks.
"It's essential because they are our future and we're providing these experience so that they'll have a better understanding of the outdoors and feel connected to it," Colorado National Monument Visitor Coordinator Michelle Wheatley told 11 News on Friday.
After the activities, the kids got a coloring book and a badge making them official junior park rangers.
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