You’re not supposed to take anything from a National Park. Junior Park Ranger Evie knew this, so when she discovered she had accidentally taken two sticks home from Yosemite National Park, she resolved to fix the situation.
She mailed the sticks back, with a request that they be returned to nature.
The letter reads:
Dear Park Rangers,
I am a Yosemite Junior Ranger. I went to Yosemite recently and accidentally 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.
Yosemite National Park rangers shared the letter on the park’s Facebook page, noting, “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.”
The image of the letter has now been shared thousands of times. While most of the responses are enthusiastic and appreciative, and some cynics aren’t buying the cuteness of it.
“It looks like the apology letters and attached thievery I get from students as assigned by their classroom teachers,” wrote one commenter. “Don’t automatically assume the cuteness side here.”
Well, boo. I’m going to go ahead and assume the best, actually. I’m with the commenter who wrote, “Evie’s America is the place where I want to live and contribute.”
But my favorite comment is, “I want to be the person at Yosemite who untapes the sticks and walks outside and puts them in nature.”
Read Evie’s letter, and you be the judge.
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