Junior Park Ranger Returns the Two Sticks She Took From Yosemite

A Yosemite park ranger posted this letter on reddit:


Dear Park Rangers,

I am a Yosemite Junior Ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally brought home two sticks. I know I’m not supposed to take things from the park, so I am sending them back. Please put them in nature.

Thank you,


The ranger has decided to take Evie’s sticks back to nature and send her photos of them in various parts of the park. She will get the final say about where they rest. He also sent Evie a new Junior Rangers badge for her good deed.


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Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy2 years ago

I don't know the background to the "sticks"..but if they should not have been removed..well done to the girl for respecting the law and going to the trouble to return the sticks. She could just as easily dumped them...but she showed respect

Jane H.
Jane H.2 years ago


orv lehman
orv lehman2 years ago

Instead of making the planet a better place for our kids, we should make better kids for our planet ; - ))))

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

Aaaah..what a nice story.

Jenny S.
Jenny Sejansky2 years ago

Evidently, this child has a heart and a soul that she knows how to listen to. GREAT PARENTING!!! This may encourage her to become a Park Ranger some day. Here's hoping our NPs are still functioning by the time she is old enough to do so.
How can having a sense of decency and a love of nature be likened to slavery? My heart bleeds for the poor person who posted that comment. I can't BELIEVE I'm even responding to it! She should have a tree planted in her name for being honest!

Vicky P.
Vicky P.2 years ago

cute letter..why is it so bad to keep some sticks :s

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence2 years ago

Taking two sticks from beautiful Yosemite is a goodlearning experience - take those sticks home and appreciate their beauty and history over and over again! Nature is to be enjoyed!

Stephen S.
Stephen L.2 years ago

The girl's parents are unfit, for letting their child mindless obey an irrelevant law instead of asking her to think about what she was doing.

A whole family of slaves is kissing its chains.

Marianne Taylor
Marianne Taylor2 years ago

How sweet is that, we need more youngsters like her. But it all starts at home, with love and education.

Sarah Lee
Sarah Lee2 years ago

Awww. How I wish that was my little one...