2015 Summer Park Program Schedule Hit the trail, gaze at the stars, and learn about the mountain’s history – all with the help of a park ranger! Mount Rainier National Park has announced the schedule of regularly scheduled summer ranger-led programs. Programs will be held throughout the summer at Paradise, Sunrise/White River Campground, Longmire and Ohanapecosh. At Paradise Paradise Ranger Chat Join a ranger to discuss the human or natural history of the park. Meet by the first floor relief map inside the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. (25 minutes) Daily except Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Subalpine Saunter Discover the ecology of the Paradise area. Meet the ranger at the flagpole in front of the visitor center. 60-75 minutes with the ranger. Return time on your own. (60-75 minutes, 1 mile, round trip) Daily at 10:30 a.m. A Mountain in Motion Explore how Mount Rainier has changed over the centuries. Meet at the large flagpole outside of the visitor center. 60-75 minutes with the ranger. Return time on your own (60-75 minutes, 1.5 miles, round trip) Daily at 2 p.m. Junior Ranger Program Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities to earn your Junior Ranger Patch! Ages six to 11, parents must remain with their Junior Rangers. Meet inside the visitor center at the front desk. (30-45 minutes) Daily at 1 p.m. Paradise Inn Lobby Talk Join a ranger to discover fascinating stories of Paradise and the historic Paradise Inn. Look for the ranger inside the Paradise Inn. (30 minutes) Daily excepts Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. Astronomy Program Observe the heavens from the slopes of Mount Rainier. Check for start times at the visitor center or call the astronomy hotline at (360) 569-6230. (2 hours) Daily 9:45-11:45 p.m., weather permitting Paradise Inn Evening Program Take a seat in the lobby of the Paradise Inn and enjoy an evening presentation with a park ranger or one of the guest speakers. Topics vary. Inquire at the Jackson Visitor Center or at the Paradise Inn front desk for program descriptions. (45 minutes) Daily at 8:45 p.m. at Longmire Shadows of the Past, Living History Lantern Tour at Longmire, August 22 Meet the people who explored, settled, climbed, and protected Mount Rainier more than 100 years ago. Historical characters emerge from the darkness along the Trail of the Shadows as you walk the trail with a ranger. The free lantern tours begin in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire, rain or shine, and depart every 20 minutes from 8:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Tours last 90 minutes. Bring a flashlight and a warm jacket. Wear sturdy shoes. One Night only – August 22 Junior Ranger Program Ages 6 to 11. Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities! Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater. Parking at the Cougar Rock Campground is limited. If you attend the program but are not camping, please park in the Cougar Rock Picnic Area across the park road from the campground. (30-45 minutes) Daily at 6:30 p.m. Evening Program Join a ranger or volunteer for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Cougar Rock Campground Amphitheater. Parking at the Cougar Rock Campground is limited. If you attend the program, but are not camping, please park in the Cougar Rock Picnic Area across the park road from the campground. (45 minutes) Daily at 8:30 p.m. Take a HIKE! With a Ranger Experience the forest along the Paradise River en route to Carter Falls. Meet at the Carter Falls Trailhead 2.1 miles east of Longmire , just east of the Cougar Rock Campground. Bring water, a hat, and sturdy shoes. (2 hours, return on your own, 2 miles) Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. at Sunrise / White River Campground Junior Ranger Program Children ages 6 to 11 are invited to join park staff for a fun activity about the mountain, glaciers, habitats, and more. Meet at the White River Campfire Circle. (1 hour) Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunrise Afternoon Guided Walks Learn about the natural and cultural history of the Sunrise area on this easy ramble with a ranger. Meet at the Sunrise Visitor Center flagpole. The trail is not wheelchair accessible. Daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Evening Program Take an in-depth look at a special topic of Mount Rainier National Park during a traditional campfire talk. Meet at the campfire circle in the White River Campground. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Ohanapecosh Junior Ranger Program Ages 6 to 11. Join a ranger or volunteer for fun and educational activities! Meet at the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. (1 hour) Daily except Monday, 10 a.m. Evening Program Join a ranger or volunteer for a program that involves, inspires, and explores! Topics vary nightly. Meet at the Ohanapecosh Campground Amphitheater. (45 minutes) Tuesday, Friday and Saturday | At 9 p.m. 5/22/- 7/25; 8 p.m. 7/28 – 9/6 Hey Kids! Ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Book. It’s FREE at all park visitor centers. Complete it to learn lots of cool stuff about your park and earn a badge and certificate.