103-year-old woman, the oldest National Park Junior Ranger

“I am happy to protect it for my grand-children to visit on a day,” said Rose Torphy, now a junior ranger at the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of the park, swore to her in the past month.
(Cheri Stoneburner)

A 103-year-old woman was given the name of the National Park Service’s oldest Junior Ranger at a park, she is actually older than that.

In general, the Junior Ranger program is a stewardship program that is used to involving children and families in the conservation of the national parks. But when Rose Torphy visit to the Grand Canyon National Park in the last month, she felt inspired to join the program.

Walking with Rose 🌹 Yesterday Christy swore Mom in as a Junior Ranger! At 103 I think She is probably the oldest Scorpio 🦂 In the 11 and above category.

“My parents have taught me to care for the land, but not all children have that,” Torphy told Good Morning America. “I am happy to protect it for my grand-children to visit on a day.”

Torphy was granted, the “Scorpio” level of Junior Ranger, usually reserved for people from 11 years of age and older.

As a junior ranger of the park, Torphy has taken an oath to “explore, learn and protect” the park. Because Torphy visited the park during the national government shutdown, the Grand Canyon Conservancy will conduct its swearing-in ceremony.

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She was sworn from her wheelchair at the gift shop of the park. Torphy signed with a certificate that indicates her membership of the club is dedicated to education and conservation, and now wears a pin on her jacket.

Torphy first visit to Grand Canyon National Park in 1985, when she said that she was able to walk around and explore the park on foot. As a result of the increased accessibility, she was still able to return to many of the places that she remembered.

“I was very impressed with the wheelchair access and ramps,” Cheri Stoneburner, Torphy’s daughter, told Good Morning America. “We were able to get to an edge where she had a picture taken with my father on their visit in 1985,” she said.

On Feb. 26, the Grand Canyon is celebrating its 100th year as a national park.

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