Become a Junior Ranger
To become a Junior Ranger of the Mississippi River, visit one or more of the visitor centers listed below. Ask for a Junior Ranger booklet when you arrive and answer the questions in it. To find the answers, you'll have to explore the Mississippi River and learn about some facet of Mississippi life!-Mississippi River Visitor Center
-Minneapolis Riverfront (Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park)
-Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (East)
When you've completed the booklet, just return it to the visitor center's front desk or mail it to the National Park Service. You will receive a snazzy badge and certificate recognizing you as a Junior Ranger.Junior Rangers can make their own custom badge at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.
Junior Rangers that fill out registration forms, are notified by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of future adventures. Those adventures include ranger-led canoe trips, barge rides, birding walks, or over-night camping expeditions!
But there is still another way to become a Junior Ranger.
Not only can you become a Junior WebRanger, but there are other fun games to play that will help you learn about the National Park Service and national park sites. Games range from easy to hard and offer a variety of styles such as matching, scavenger hunts, and storytelling.
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.