Association of National Park Rangers


Lost!...But Found, Safe and Sound

This 12-minute, professionally produced video is designed to show children, ages 4-12, what to do if they become lost in remote areas such as parks or forests. It follows the actions and thinking of 7-year-old Kelly, who sets out on a long-awaited hike on a beautiful day in the woods with her parents and brother. She runs ahead, gets separated from the rest of the family and becomes lost.

Kelly initially panics and runs aimlessly looking for her family. She then realizes she is lost, and she begins to recall the time a park ranger came to her school and explained what to do in this kind of situation. Gradually, as day turns to night, Kelly takes the appropriate actions and spends the night alone in her "nest" in the woods.

The next morning she is found safe and sound by Leni the search dog and his handlers, Brooke Holt and Marion Hardy. Although she is cold, Kelly is just fine because she remembered what to do.

Anne Tubiolo of the National Park Service Interpretive Design Center at Harpers Ferry produced the video with a generous grant from the National Park Foundation. The video is set in Shenandoah National Park, but it is appropriate for any geographic setting.

Program Cost

ANPR now makes this program available free of charge. However if you'd like to make a donation of any amount to the association for the use of the material, we encourage you to visit our donation page.

Program Content

Lost But Found Video (.mp4, 159MB)

Parent's Pamphlet (.pdf, 79KB)

Presentation Tips (.pdf, 79KB)

PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx, 75MB)

PowerPoint Script (.pdf, 54KB)

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