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Get Started!

Below are some guidelines on how to get involved in the Girl Scout Ranger program.

Find a park
Visit the Find a Park webpage to find a national park in your state or any park of interest.

Learn about the park
Visit and explore the parks website to learn a little about its history; the natural, cultural or historical resources it protects; and the activities the park offers such as hiking, biking, wildlife watching, canoeing, or snowshoeing.

Brainstorm activities to participate in
Once you have learned a little bit about the park, think about activities that interest you. Many of the parks describe the interpretive and educational programs they offer to the public and various volunteer opportunities on their website. Record a list of ideas for possible activities.

Contact the park
If you would like to provide volunteer service or if you intend to participate in an activity that is not part of a regularly scheduled interpretive program to fulfill the program requirements, contact the park to discuss the possible activities. Once on the park’s website, click on the Contact Us link in the left corner and call the park information number. Identify that you are interested in participating in the Resource Stewardship Girl Scout Ranger program and would like to speak to the person who handles the youth or volunteer program for the park.

Coordinate and plan with the park
Work together with the park representative to determine the appropriate program or project. The park representative can also suggest ideas for activities. The park representative will work with you to ensure that the project is going to be fun, informative and help you gain a better understanding of the national parks and the many natural, cultural, and historical resources they protect!

Have Fun!
Once all the logistics are set up, go and have fun with the Girl Scout Ranger program!