ECHO Ranger Program
Children and parents can learn more about the program during a kick-off meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the pavilion at Lyonia Preserve, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Parents can register their children at the meeting or by contacting Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECHO Rangers is accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 program. To register, download a registration form. Those signing up at DeBary Hall will receive their ECHO Ranger materials onsite; others may pick up their materials at the DeBary Hall Visitors Center.
Volusia County's ECHO Ranger program educates youth, their families and scout troops about the many Ecological, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoors offerings.
The program is for children in grades one through five (as of Aug. 15, 2017). The cost is $20 per child. Entry fees to all sites for the ECHO Ranger candidate and one adult are included in the $20 fee.
ECHO Rangers programs are at parks, museums, historical sites and libraries throughout Volusia County. Activities are scheduled on weekends from September through May. Each activity lasts one to three hours, and reservations should be made for each program at least one week in advance.
The ECHO Rangers program is coordinated by the staff of DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary. If you have any questions about the ECHO Rangers program, please call DeBary Hall at 386-668-3840.
How does the program work?
The guidebook explains the many different sites in the program. ECHO Rangers must participate in specially designed ECHO Ranger activities at a minimum of eight sites. Participants take their guidebook to each site and receive an ECHO Ranger stamp when they complete that site’s activity or program.
What materials does an ECHO Ranger receive?
In addition to the guidebook, students will receive:
- An ECHO Ranger badge and lanyard
- An invitation to the graduation celebration
Graduates will receive a T-shirt and certificate.
Cookout and Graduation Celebration
Children completing the program will be invited to the graduation celebration where they will be promoted to official ECHO Rangers – an elite group of students who have educated themselves about the many great quality-of-life offerings in our community. The graduation celebration will be in May 2017.
ECHO Ranger guidelines
- RSVP directly to the site at least one week before each activity.
- If there is inclement weather, contact the site that morning to see if the activity will be offered.
- Show your ECHO Ranger badge and guidebook to gain entry to the sites on the days you have RSVP’d.
- Have an adult accompany you throughout the entire activity.
- Earn stamps from at least eight sites. You must visit at least two sites under each category (Ecological, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoors). Have your guidebook stamped at each site after completing the activity.
- Always walk trails with a buddy.
- Stay on existing trails and follow the instructor, especially when you’re in the woods.
- Wear a life jacket when you’re in a canoe, kayak or boat.
- Carry bug spray and water for deep-woods adventures.
- Wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and shoes.
- Leave only your footprints; use litter or recycling receptacles.
Children and a parent are encouraged to complete the registration form in August.
For more information about the ECHO Ranger program, please contact Tracy Mestre at email@example.com or 386-668-3840.