Be A Junior Ranger
This program is offered to children ages 6-11. To meet the Junior Ranger requirements, children need to attend complete the Junior Ranger Handbook which can be downloaded off the web or picked up at one of the Visitor Centers in the park. Visitor Centers are located at Fort Pickens, Naval Live Oaks, Fort Barrancas, and Davis Bayou in the Mississippi District. During off-season when the park does not offer as many ranger-led programs, an extra activity in the handbook will count as a ranger-led program. Each age group has different requirements. Once the requirements are completed, bring handbook to Visitors Center and the child will receive a Junior Ranger certificate of completion and a badge.
The Junior Ranger Program provides a great opportunity for children visiting the park to learn about animals, plants, and old forts. Children will enjoy the adventures of a Junior Ranger and the opportunity to earn a Junior Ranger badge. It's fun, rewarding, and free!
Did You Know?
Of the seven species of sea turtles, four species nest at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Sea turtle hatchlings instinctively head for areas of brighter light. Artificial lighting causes thousands of hatchling deaths each year.