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Ranger Programs for Families Visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Programs for Families at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve:

Kids and their big people can partake of programs offered by the National Park Service at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Photo: The world's biggest 
sandbox is in Colorado. 

At the
Great Sand Dunes
National Park
and Preserve
kids can play
for hours
in Medano Creek,
near the base
of the dunes.

Photo: The dunes have been piling up for centuries near the base of the mountains. 

Did You Know?

The Great Sand Dunes National Park offers the best place in North America to see a rare hydrological phenomenon called surge flow.

During the spring runoff, when the creek at the foot of the dunes swells, ripples grow into sand waves or bores, which can be an inch high or a foot deep.

These bores roll downstream, and create endless entertainment for kids and their parents playing in the water.

Campfire Programs
are held nightly in the amphitheater from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check at the visitor center for topics and a schedule.

Ranger walks through various areas and ranger talks on the back porch of the visitor center are scheduled throughout the summer. Look especially for ranger talks designed especially for kids. These often have many of the answers kids need to fill out their Junior Ranger booklets (see below.) Check at the visitor center for times.

The Great Sand Dunes Junior Ranger Program
offers kids from 3 to 12 years old a great opportunity to learn about and interact with the natural resources and people of this national park and preserve. Activities vary according to age group, and include safety checklists, Dunes Bingo, explorations, and art activities. Children who complete their booklet and take the Junior Ranger pledge earn a badge.

Educational Programs
, including lesson plans, field trip plans, and other teaching aids are available on the website for teachers of grades K through 12.