In The Spotlight

Junior Ranger Family Night

On September 28th, the St George Field Office (SGFO) participated in the 6th annual Junior Ranger Family Night held at Tonaquint Park in St George, Utah. The purpose of the event is to encourage youth ages 5-18, and their families, to gain an appreciation for public lands by engaging them through educational and interactive booths. The event booths are manned by a variety of federal, state, and local government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Melissa Buchmann and Iris Picat of the SGFO educated the public on basic map reading, focusing on legend symbols, contour lines, and general trail etiquette. The youth also enjoyed creating wind socks, recycling outdated topographic maps in the process.

Numerous agencies and organizations were present providing families a colorful range of activities from identifying animal tracks, to creating water rockets, and role-playing a water molecule. Seymour, an antelope and BLM’s official mascot, was also present and received a number of hugs and high fives from the participants.

Melissa Buchmann and Iris Picat with Seymour, the BLM Mascot


SGFO staff teaching youth map basics

Melissa Buchmann teaching young girls the basics of map reading, while other youth create their wind socks in the background

SGFO Staff educate youth on basics of map reading