Be A Junior Ranger
What is a Junior Ranger?
Junior Rangers help to preserve National Parks; they learn about the Grand Canyon, have fun, and are our representatives to their friends, families, and schoolmates back home. Junior Rangers spread their new knowledge about Parks and continue to use good environmental practices.
How can you become a Junior Ranger?
Ravens, Coyotes and Scorpions !
To become a Junior Ranger, pick up the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at the Visitor Center at Canyon View Information Plaza, Park Headquarters, Tusayan Museum near Desert View, Kolb Studio or Yavapai Observation Station. On the North Rim, you can pick them up at the Visitor Center. You then must complete the requirements listed in the booklet for your age group. Requirements include writing down your impressions and observations, answering questions about the park, writing poems and attending one of our Ranger-led programs offered throughout the day.
You can earn a special Jr. Ranger award depending on your age.
When you finish your activities, bring the booklet back to the Visitor Center for review by a ranger. Each Jr. Ranger will receive an official Grand Canyon Junior Ranger Certificate and Badge. By showing your certificate at our park's non-profit book stores, you can purchase a custom sew-on patch to go with the award you received.
Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger (ages 4 - 14)
This is a very special program because only kids that hike or ride the mules down to the bottom of Grand Canyon to Phantom Ranch can become Phantom Rattler Junior Rangers! There are two requirements to become a Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger -- first, you have to make it to Phantom Ranch, and second, you must complete the activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. If you do both, you will receive your badge, certificate and a free patch from a ranger at Phantom Ranch. Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger booklets are available in the canteen, the campground or the Ranger Station. The Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger program is available throughout the year.
There are three additional "summer only" programs in which you may complete the Junior Ranger requirements and be sworn in as a Grand Canyon National Park Junior Ranger. Follow the links below to learn more about each option.
Junior Ranger Programs for Families
Did You Know?
The elk found within Grand Canyon National Park weigh as much as 1,000 pounds (450 kg), and have been known to injure people who approach them. Never approach wild animals.
It is dangerous, and illegal, to feed the wild animals in a national park. Violators will be fined.