Aida Frey showed off some of the Junior Ranger badges she has obtained during trips to 345 national parks as of December 29, when she stopped in Ste. Genevieve.

Aida Frey from the Chicago area visited Ste. Genevieve on December 29, 2020, making her 345th stop at a national park.

Frey is a participant in and a proponent of the NPS Junior Ranger program. Her business card calls her the “Sweetheart of the National Parks.” She posts about her travels on Facebook (Junior Ranger Aida Frey), Twitter (@jrranger) and Instagram (@juniorrangeraida). She also has a written a book, “America, Can I Have Your Autograph?”

Frey and her family stopped through Ste. Genevieve during a trip that also included three national trip stops in Texas — Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, and Fort Davis National Historic Site.

The Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established as the 422nd unit of the National Park Service on October 30, 2020. There now are 423 national park units.