Thursday, Mar 28, 2013
The Parent’s Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, recently awarded “Songs for Junior Rangers” one of its highest honors, the Gold Award Seal.
“Songs for Junior Rangers,” is an NPS-produced children’s CD. It was released last October. The album was a Servicewide project of the National Park Service, funded by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and distributed by Eastern National, a non-profit cooperating association.
In his online review, Lahri Bond says: “Raise your hand if you were ever a Junior Ranger in our National Parks system. Songs for Junior Rangers is for everyone, and brings the joys of our national parks to you through very cleverly written and educational music.”
The CD’s 20 tracks contain catchy lyrics about national parks designed to both entertain and educate children. Portions of the proceeds of the album will remain in a fund for Junior Ranger projects throughout the service.
The songs cover a variety of subjects, including elk in “Wapiti Hoppity,” caving in “Spelunka Funka,” glaciers in “Frozen Bulldozin’,” and Mount Rushmore in “Four Presidents.” Musical elements include hip hop, reggae, blues, jazz, rock, zydeco, funk, and even polka.
The CD is available from http://www.eparks.com/store. You can preview three of the songs – “Humps, Hooves, and Horns,” “La Gran Garza Azul,” and “Run Fish Run” – on YouTube. For more information, and for free downloads, you can visit the website for the album at http://www.nps.gov/flfo/forkids/junior-ranger-music.htm.
Park rangers from New Orleans Jazz and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument appear on the album as well as many talented New Orleans musicians and youth such as Navajo singer/songwriter Krishel Augustine and the Youth Ambassador Program from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
The album also features celebrity guests such as the a cappella group Committed, the Grammy nominated children’s group Trout Fishing in America, and PBS personality Aaron Nigel Smith.