Headed to Maui with a seven- to 12-year-old who loves learning and seeks adventure? Give them a shot at becoming an official Junior Park Ranger. Organized by the Haleakala Visitor Centers, kids receive activity guides that are packed with information about the area’s natural history, including its flora and fauna.
The journey begins with a jungle trek to the pools of the Oheo Gulch. Then the rangers-in-training hike down lava rocks, past ancient Hawaiian homes and under towering tropical trees.
With clues from the activity book, wannabe rangers identify native plants and animals to complete their mission. Once accomplished, these newly minted rangers are sworn in and issued an official badge. More importantly, they get an age-appropriate understanding of the natural world.