Cabrillo National Monument Celebrates National Park Week With Junior Ranger Day and Plein Air Artists in the Park

| May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Cabrillo National Monument celebrated National Park Week with a Junior Ranger Day event on Saturday, April 17, and is holding a plein air painting by local artists through Monday, May 10. 

Families were invited to pick up free copies of the park’s new Junior Ranger booklets from the Visitor Center and complete the activities as they explored the park. Junior Rangers earned a badge for their efforts. All activities were socially-distanced with six feet between staff and all visitor groups. All visitors over two-years old were required to wear a CDC recommended mask when six feet of distance could not be maintained.  

The new Junior Ranger book was completed in 2020, funded by support from the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation with artwork and design by Little Fish Comic Studio in San Diego. “We are proud to fund the production of the new Cabrillo National Monument Junior Ranger book, which was created to invoke a sense of exploration and wonder at San Diego’s only National Park. We hope the fun activities inspire the next generation of youth to protect our public lands,” said Emily Moore, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation executive director. “Junior Ranger gear like hats, vests, and educational books and toys are available for purchase in our store located in the park’s visitor center. We are a nonprofit organization, so store purchases help support the Junior Ranger program and other amazing park programs.” 

Plein Air Artists in the Park, through Monday, May 10 

Plein Air painting is the act of painting landscapes outdoors to capture the changing details of weather and light. Cabrillo National Monument Foundation has invited 10 local artists to paint in the park through Monday, May 10. Park visitors are invited to observe local artists as they create paintings inspired by the native plants and expansive views at Cabrillo National Monument. For more information, visit

Free park entry is available to all United States fourth graders and fifth graders as a part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” program. Visit the website [] to complete a short activity and print a pass. Free park entry is also available to active duty military, veterans, and Americans with a disability. Please see the park’s fee webpage [] for more information about fees and passes at Cabrillo National Monument.  

To learn more about these events, call the Cabrillo National Monument Visitor Center at (619) 523-4285 or visit 

Young Park Rangers enjoy activities provided by Cabrillo National Monument Foundation.

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