• Beach walkway to white sandy beach and bluegreen waters

    Gulf Islands

    National Seashore FL,MS

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Be A Junior Ranger

Brother and sister showing their badges and patches on vest.

How do you wear your badges and patches?

This program is offered to children ages 6-11. To meet the Junior Ranger requirements, kids need to attend complete the Junior Ranger Handbook or pick up a booklet at one of the Parks Visitor Center's located at Fort Pickens, Naval Live Oaks, or Fort Barrancas in the Florida District, and Davis Bayou in the Mississippi District. During the 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 the handbook to a Park Visitor Center and he/she will receive a Junior Ranger badge! The program provides a great opportunity for kids to learn about the biology and history of the National Seashore. It's fun, rewarding, and free!

Also, available for download, is the Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer Booklet and the Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer Booklet.

Did You Know?

A view of the Advanced Redoubt drawbridge.

The Third System fortifications consisted of 42 forts built between 1816 and 1870. They were used to guard all the principal harbors, rivers, and naval yards of the United States. Only the Advanced Redoubt of Fort Barrancas at Gulf Islands National Seashore was built entirely for land defense.