Two girls wear thei Junor Ranger hats and vests, sit on a stone wall with the blue water of San Diego Bay behind them.

Cabrillo National Monument Celebrates National Park Week April 17 – 25 With Junior Ranger Day and Plein Air Artists in the Park

A Park ranger stands between two girls with their Junior Ranger booklets.
NPS Photo

San Diego, CA – Cabrillo National Monument will celebrate National Park Week with a Junior Ranger Day event on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Plein Air painting by local artists April 11 – May 10.

Junior Ranger Day, April 17

Families are invited to pick up free copies of the park’s new Junior Ranger booklets from the Visitor Center and complete the activities as they explore the park. Junior Rangers will earn a badge for their efforts. A one-day scavenger hunt will also be held with special prizes to find at stations around the park. All activities will be socially-distanced with 6 feet between staff and all visitor groups. Please recreate responsibly. All visitors over 2 years old are required to wear a CDC recommended mask when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

The Cabrillo Junior Ranger Book is designed to be accessible for people of all ages and cognitive abilities. There is no age limit, though children under the age of five may need assistance from parents or guardians with activities.

The new Junior Ranger book was completed in 2020, funded by support from the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation with artwork and design by Little Fish Comic Studio in San Diego. “We are proud to fund the production of the new Cabrillo National Monument Junior Ranger book, which was created to invoke a sense of exploration and wonder at San Diego’s only National Park. We hope the fun activities inspire the next generation of youth to protect our public lands” said Emily Moore, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation Executive Director. “Junior Ranger gear like hats, vests, and educational books and toys are available for purchase in our store located in the park’s visitor center. We are a nonprofit organization, so store purchases help support the Junior Ranger program and other amazing park programs.”

 National Junior Ranger Day is celebrated by national parks across the country. More information about how you can get involved virtually or at other parks is available on the national website at

Plein Air Artists in the Park, April 11 – May 10

Plein Air painting is the act of painting landscapes outdoors to capture the changing details of weather and light. Cabrillo National Monument Foundation has invited 10 local artists to paint in the park from April 11 – May 10. Park visitors are invited to observe local artists as they create paintings inspired by the native plants and expansive views at Cabrillo National Monument.

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Free park entry is available to all United States fourth graders and fifth graders as a part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. Visit the website to complete a short activity and print a pass. Free park entry is also available to active duty military, veterans, and Americans with a disability. Please see the park’s fee webpage for more information about fees and passes at Cabrillo National Monument. 

To learn more about these events, call the Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center at (619) 523-4285 or visit 

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