Welcome to the
National Park Service
Junior Ranger Program
When asked what would help them to create a better Junior Ranger Program, National Park Service Rangers in the field provided a comprehensive list.
They wished for help developing programs, inspiration for activities to put in workbooks, help with workbook design, and practical hints for making the program work once the booklets and badges are ready to go. They also wanted a "gold standard" - a set of criteria against which they could measure the success of their programs.
For parks with no existing Junior Ranger program, the kit provides tools and ideas for building a program from the ground up.
For parks with existing programs, the kit contains marketing tools, suggestions for raising the visibility of your program, tips for implementing programs on the ground, and ideas for expanding and elaborating upon the Junior Ranger theme.
For parks wishing to add a web-based Junior Ranger program, the kit has time- and money-saving hints for developing and maintaining a site, as well as legal and other factors to take into account when building a site for a young audience.
The original "hard copy" kits were sent to every park in 2005. It is a box 3 x 11 x 13 inches. Please look around your park offices for the kit. It has a great deal of material that we can't practically put into this on-line version, although every effort has been made to make this as comprehensive as possible. We will try to add to the scope and usability of this on-line version as time and budget permits.
Good luck, and have fun!
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