Junior Ranger champion to visit Nez Perce historic park

Aida Frey

Aida Frey, a well-known participant in the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program, will visit the Nez Perce National Historical Park at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 17-year-old from Chicago is on a five-week trip with her parents, Shawn and Norma Frey, during which they will visit national park units in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

“They consider her the most decorated Junior Ranger in the National Park Service,” Shawn Frey said of his daughter.

The Junior Ranger program is designed to introduce kids to national parks and what each has to offer. Participants complete a series of activities at the parks to earn badges and certificates. Frey began participating in the program when she was 9 and since then has visited more than 300 national parks.

“The Junior Ranger program is genius,” Shawn Frey said. “You have to go around the park and the visitor center and get answers. You are learning about specific parks, and the reward is a beautiful badge they give out. Aida has earned more badges than anybody else.”

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