3 local national park sites great for junior rangers and BARK rangers

Saturday, April 24 is National Junior Ranger Day and Sunday, April 25 is BARK Ranger Day this year for National Park Week
We all powered through a long winter with limited options to get outdoors. With the nicer weather, you might be looking for a place to get outside with your kids and pets. Consider visiting some of the National Park Service sites in the tri-state that welcome dogs and have special programs for kids. Here's three local suggestions: 
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President Theodore Roosevelt was a family man and that family always included a menagerie of pets. Sagamore Hill, his Oyster Bay estate known as his "summer White House," is protected by the National Park Service. Kids can earn junior ranger badges through activities about Roosevelt's life and the natural aspects found at Sagamore Hill. Dogs are welcome on the property and the trails.
Pandemic availability: Check with the park for availability of weekend outdoor contact station, weather permitting.
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Morristown National Historical Park honors the New Jersey winter encampment of Gen. George Washington's army during the Revolutionary War. BARK rangers are welcome to join families exploring the trails and the grounds, which include reconstructed shelters. Children can obtain a junior ranger booklet and learn about the Revolutionary War and our area's place in its history. 
Pandemic availability:  Program available, completely outside as the park buildings are closed. Pick up a program Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum or visitor center outdoor contact station.
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Weir Farm preserves the home, studio and grounds of artist Julian Alden Weir. Dogs can join their owners exploring the site's lawns, trails and pond. The site typically offers a handful of hands-on junior ranger activities but has pivoted to a do-it-yourself scavenger hunt during the pandemic.
Pandemic availability: Junior ranger scavenger hunt available on visitor center porch.
Visit the National Park Service website to find more local sites, junior ranger programs and dog-friendly locations. Please remember dogs are required to be kept on leash, cannot be left unattended and are not allowed in most park buildings. Many parks have limited access due to the pandemic and it's best to check what's open before your visit. Some parks do not allow dogs on property due to concerns about the ecosystem, so again it's best to check before you go if your animal can join you. Click HERE for pandemic info regarding the parks.