• The Agate Fossil Hills where mammal fossils were excavated in the early 1900's

    Agate Fossil Beds

    National Monument Nebraska

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Be a Junior Ranger

 
Junior Ranger booklet, certificate and badge.

Free Junior Ranger booklets, certificates and badges waiting for you.

We have free Junior Ranger activity booklets waiting for you at the visitor center information desk. There are several activities from easy to hard. Many use the exhibits as a guide and you can hike one of the trails as an activity. Find out how many activities you need to complete to earn your Junior Ranger badge by taking your age and dividing it by 2.

When you finish, take your booklet to the Ranger at the desk and he/she will look through it with you. After you talk about your work, you'll say the Junior Ranger Pledge and receive your official Agate Fossil Beds National Monument badge and Junior Ranger Certificate. Then you can take your booklet with you and finish the rest of the activities on the road or at home.

 
Junior Ranger

This Junior Ranger has collected many badges.

Remember, many of the national parks and monuments have Junior Ranger programs and it's neat to collect the badges and display them on a hat, sash, or vest. Just think of the places you'll remember when to look at each badge.

Did You Know?

The narrow Niobrara River at Agate Fossil Beds, with the yellow flag (iris) in bloom.

The Niobrara River flows through Agate Fossil Beds. Except for 50-60 miles in Wyoming, this river is exclusively in Nebraska. The river seems quite small to visitors, who are surprised to find out that the Niobrara National Scenic River downstream near Valentine is broad and popular with canoers. More...