Kelly McCann, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area


The YMCA and Mississippi National River and Recreation Area have partnered up to host a month’s worth of Junior Ranger Day Camps to kick-off the YMCA-NPS national partnership. It centers around a ‘seed bomb’ activity where the kids make mud balls with soil, sand, compost, water and native prairie seeds. Later that week, they go on a canoe trip on the Mississippi River and throw their dried seed bombs into a soon-to-be-restored prairie. The kids have fun, our prairies get some TLC: Win-win! Our Junior Rangers are sworn in knowing more about prairies, their local national park, land stewardship, and swearing to protect the park for future generations. So far, we have had almost 100 new volunteers through this program in the past two weeks. Below are some pictures.

At the YMCA Junior Ranger Camp, campers get to make Seed Bombs
At the YMCA Junior Ranger Camp, campers get to make seed bombs

Junior Rangers being sworn in!
Junior Rangers being sworn in at their National Park! #FindYourPark

This is another seed bomb activity, this time at a habitat restoration event for a summer youth group.
This is another seed bomb activity, at a different event. It was a one-day habitat restoration event for a summer youth group.

One of our junior rangers showing off her dirty hands after making seed bombs
One of our junior rangers showing off her dirty hands after making seed bombs