Honest Junior Ranger Mails Sticks Back to Yosemite 01 Mar 13

After committing herself to the role of a Junior Ranger, imagine young Evie’s horror when realized she accidently took two sticks out of Yosemite National Park. She’d broken the cardinal rule of all national parks: leave nature as you found it.

She made the discovery after returning home from a trip to Yosemite, and instead of carelessly chucking the sticks, (they actually look more like twigs) in the trash or in her backyard, Evie made the effort to mail them back to the park with a letter that read,


“Dear Park Rangers,

I am a Yosemite Junior Ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidently 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,



Park Ranger Matt Holly came across Evie’s note while going through the hundreds of letters Yosemite routinely receives. However, Holly was so moved by her honesty and innocence that he taped the sticks to the letter and hung them over his desk.

“I sent her a nice letter and an extra Junior Ranger badge. I told her how impressed we all were, and how we hung up her letter in our office so we could show others how great our Junior Rangers like Evie are,” Holly said in a comment on Reddit.

A picture of the letter was also posted on Yosemite’s Facebook page with the message, “The rangers that answer the phone and mail in our public information office receive a lot of letters, but this might be one of the best in recent years.”

After hanging above his desk for nearly a year, Holly is finally ready to honor Evie’s request and reunite the sticks with their outdoor home. Holly said he plans to take pictures of various places in the park and ask Evie where she would like the twigs placed.