DOINews: NPS-Yosemite National Park: Eight-Year-Old Gets Wish to Be Honorary Park Ranger at Yosemite

Last edited 09/05/2019

Photos of Gabriel Lavan-Ying's day as an honorary national park ranger at Yosemite National Park.
Eight-year-old Gabriel Lavan-Ying puts in a full day's work as an honorary park ranger at Yosemite National Park. View full-size photos on the park's Facebook page here.

Gabriel Lavan-Ying achieved the title of Honorary National Park Ranger after a full day of work in Yosemite National Park on June 3. Gabriel, eight years old, from Gainesville, Fla., sought to be a Yosemite National Park ranger. Working with Make-A-Wish America, Yosemite National Park staff put Gabriel to work throughout the day performing a variety of duties of a park ranger. Gabriel worked with the Yosemite Fire Crew to put out a wildland fire, went on a naturalist walk through Cook's Meadow with a park ranger, worked on a search-and-rescue operation involving an injured hiker, and assisted the Yosemite medical team in transporting the patient to a waiting helicopter. After Gabriel's full day of work, United States Magistrate Judge Michael Seng and Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher presided over the ceremony in which Gabriel became an honorary park ranger and also received a wooden park ranger plaque and a flag that was flown over Yosemite Valley yesterday.

By: Yosemite National Park, NPS

June 5, 2014

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