Kids & Youth

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Junior Ranger Program

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A Park Ranger talks about beavers during the 2011 Family Fun Day

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What is a Junior Ranger?
A junior ranger attends ranger programs, completes activities in a workbook, and promises to take care of Acadia. It is a great way to learn and have fun in the park!

How do you become a Junior Ranger?
When you arrive in the park, stop by a visitor center, nature center, or one of the park campgrounds to obtain your booklet. Complete activities in the booklet and attend ranger programs. A park employee will check your answers, sign your booklet and give you an official Acadia Junior Ranger patch.

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Girl Scout Ranger Program

The Girl Scouts of America and the National Park Service has partnered together to create opportunities for Girl Scouts to connect with our nation's precious natural and cultural resources while engaging in fun and meaningful activities in our national parks.

How do I become a Girl Scout Ranger?

Once you have recorded 5 hours, bring your log sheet and your printed certificate to a visitor center to be officially signed. After completing 10 hours of service you can earn a well-deserved Girl Scout Ranger badge!

For more information visit:

Girl Scout troops interested in this program must schedule through the volunteer coordinator at 207-288-8716 or by email.

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Links for Kids

WebRangers Design your own ranger station, explore parks, and collect virtual junior ranger badges!

Check out our Junior Ranger Book here!


Acadia Quest

Acadia Quest is a series of youth- and family-oriented experiences in the park that encourage youth and families to explore, learn about, and protect national parks and other conserved lands.

Families or friends create a team and complete activities in categories of Explore, Learn, and Protect. For more information, visit the Friends of Acadia website here.


Special Events

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At National Junior Ranger Day, kids participate in many different activities

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National Junior Ranger Day (April)
During National Park Week, family groups with children 12 and under are invited to come join in the fun as we explore, learn, and discover how to protect your national parks. Have a picnic, play games, visit a beaver pond, and learn about Acadia's wildlife, plants, and human history. There is no charge to participate; children must be accompanied by an adult.

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