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Rangers at the New River Gorge National River are inviting teens to participate in a free program to learn about the National Parks in West Virginia.

This summer the Rangers-in-Training adventure program will teach kids from 14-years-old to 17-years-old about the New River Gorge.  Participants will have a chance to go whitewater rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and more.  The teens will be a part of four separate day trips as they learn about the national park.  There will be two sessions.  One runs from June 17 to 20 and the other will be from June 24 to 28.

Here are a few items the National Park Service said participants should know:

· The Rangers in Training program is a free program.  An application must be submitted for selection.

· Teens selected to participate are expected to attend all four day-trips.

· Students will need to have transportation to and from a designated high school in their county.

· Free transportation from the high school to the adventure site will be provided as well as lunch each day.

· Teens selected are required to have an emergency contact form and signed safety release form(s) before attending the day-trips.

Applications to participate in the free program are being accepted now.  Forms can be found at the National Park Service Web site.  Those forms can be returned to the address on the form or interested people can call Mark Bollinger at 304-640-8731.

The Rangers-in-Training program is specifically for teens in Raleigh, Summers and Fayette Counties.  It is designed to engage kids from local communities to play outside and explore their park.  The outdoor adventures are safe, supervised, fun, exciting and aim to enhance an appreciation for the New River Gorge National River.