• Sierra del Carmen

    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • Extreme Water Shortage

    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Be A Junior Ranger

Proud junior rangers
Junior rangers enjoying a Big Bend sunset
NPS/Laura Van Inwagen
Junior Ranger certificate
Discover Big Bend history, the parts of a cactus, and what javelina eat! The Big Bend Junior Ranger program is designed for kids of all ages. Through activities, games, and puzzles, kids can have fun as they learn about the park. Required activities include attending a ranger-led program, visiting a historic area, hiking on a park trail, and completing activity pages that encourage direct experience and discovery learning in diverse park environments. They can also earn stickers, badges, patches, and certificates. Both children and adults benefit by sharing the fun of becoming a Big Bend Junior Ranger.

What is a Junior Ranger?
A junior ranger is someone who, after attending ranger programs and completing activities in a workbook, promises to take care of Big Bend and other national parks. It is a great way to learn and have fun in the park!

Big Bend Junrio Ranger book cover

How does it work?
While visiting Big Bend National Park, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at any park visitor center. They cost only $2.00. Complete the appropriate activities for your age group (listed inside) and return the booklet to any visitor center. A park ranger will review your book with you.

When your booklet is completed you will receive:

  • A Junior Ranger Badge or a Junior Ranger Patch
  • A Big Bend Wildlife Bookmark
  • An official Junior Ranger Certificate to frame and enjoy

Did You Know?

detail of alligator junpier bark

The alligator juniper is one of three species of juniper trees found in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park. Alligator juniper got its name from its bark which resembles the scaly plates, or chutes, on an alligator's back. More...