The purpose of this program is to promote responsible use and enjoyment of city parks by citizens and their pets. Core environmental concepts are introduced including Leave No Trace Principles, Outdoor Safety for Pets, and Park Stewardship for Pet Owners. This program will directly support the park ranger’s mission of promoting responsible recreation, cultivating stewardship, and conserving natural resources. The program also directly supports Leave No Trace and Scoop the Poop initiatives.
This program provides a community need for information about responsible recreation in city parks with pets as well as being a fun activity that people of all ages and diverse backgrounds can take part in with their pet. This would be a unique program that is tailored specifically for park users and their pets that is not currently offered elsewhere in the state or city.
The goals of this program are:
1) to reduce the amount of pet waste/bagged pet waste left on trails and in parks;
2) reduce number of off-leash violations;
3) reduce pet /pet owner injuries and deaths due to improper safety measures; and
4) create pet owners as active and visible park stewards for outreach.
Become a Bark Ranger Today!
Bring your tail wagging best friend to an upcoming Bark Ranger certification class! We will talk about outdoor safety for pets, Leave no Trace, and how you and your pet can become park stewards.
Upon completion of your Bark Ranger training, you and your pet will receive your training certificate, honorary Bark Ranger bandana, free snacks/goody bag, and Bark Rangers Badge if you choose to join our Bark Rangers Service Team. Then we will hit the trails to show off our new skills. All dogs must be on leash.