• Aerial view of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in the fall

    George Washington

    Memorial Parkway DC, MD, VA

Junior Ranger Day

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 19 or April 26, 2014 with hands-on activities and earn a free Junior Ranger badge.

Print of the statue at the Marine Corps War Memorial

US Marine Corps War Memorial

Saturday, April 19
10 am to 3 pm
Look for a tent near the memorial plaza

Rangers will show you how to handle an American flag, host flag trivia games, and send you on a Marine Corps scavenger hunt. You can also take a fitness challenge that pits you against many of the same exercises Marines use to keep themselves in top form.

Print of a turtle, a marsh wren, and an egret in Dyke Marsh

Belle Haven Park

Saturday, April 26
10 am to 12 pm
Look for tents between the two parking lots

Get a close look at the top of the freshwater marsh food chain: the Virginia Raptor Conservancy will bring live hawks and owls for you to meet. Rangers will also host wetland wildlife games and provide explorer packs with binoculars, field guides, and magnifying glasses for anyone who wants to take a hike in Dyke Marsh.


National Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 20-28, 2013. Special programs are being held at national parks around the country.

Did You Know?


The water in Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve goes up and down with the tides, but is not salty. More...