In the summer, Zion National Park has a Junior Ranger Explorer Program for children ages 6 to 12. Learn all about geology, plants, human history, animals, and more from park rangers. For more information, visit: http://www.zionnational-park.com/zkids.htm.
The Prehistoric Museum at Utah State University Eastern offers plenty of hands-on activities for children, plus exhibits displaying dinosaurs and ancient human artifacts. For more information, visit http://www.ceu.edu/museum/, or call (435) 613-5060.
Natural Bridges State Park is open to visitors who are interested in both man-made and natural wonders. Native Americans inhabited the area as early as 7,000 B.C. and several dwellings stand as a testament to their existence. The park offers interpretive programs in spring, summer and fall as well as a Junior Ranger program and guided walks that can be adapted for larger groups on request. For more information, call Visitor Information at (435) 692-1234 ext. 16 or visit the website: http://www.nps.gov/nabr/.
Arches National Park in Moab has a free Junior Ranger program for children ages 6 to 12. Booklets filled with fun activities are available at the visitor center. At the park, children can learn the wonders of arches as they explore the unusual rock formations and observe petroglyphs believed to be Ute images. For more information, call Visitor Information at (435) 719-2299 or visit: http://www.nps.gov/arch/.