Kids & Youth

Jr Ranger Booklet

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Become a Junior Ranger at Niobrara National Scenic River!

By becoming a Junior Ranger, you become part of an American tradition. The effort you display shows that you've made a commitment to explore, learn about, and protect the things that make the Niobrara a national treasure.

The booklet is designed for ages 5 -12, but all are welcome to participate. You can download a Junior Ranger Booklet, pick one up at our Visitor Center in Valentine, at Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge, or Smith Falls State Park. Once you've finished the activities you'll receive your very own Junior Ranger Badge.

You can check your answers online here.

Junior Ranger Programs

Scheduled Junior Ranger Programs take place on Sunday mornings during the summer. Check the calendar, visit our facebook page, or call the park for more information..

Niobrara National Scenic River also provides ranger-led programs for school groups and community organizations custom designed to meet the specific group's learning objectives. Scheduling depends on staff availability. Contact us to discuss the possiblities at (402) 376-1901.

Other Programs for Kids

Check out the Kids' Activities in the Niobrara NSR Visitor Center every Saturday during the summer months. Kids will complete a craft project, play a game, or try their hand at an activity such as the table-top fossil dig. Activities change each week; stop by any Saturday during normal hours to see what is happening next!

WebRangers- designed for kids where you can create your own "Ranger Station" and try fun activites while learning about America's national parks! Wild and Scenic Rivers protect 1/4 of 1% of America's rivers. Discover more about them through games and activites on this site.

The Niobrara Council Education Program sponsors day camps for children in the summer and after-school nature club activities during the school year. Contact them for details at (402) 376-2793.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge also has a Junior Ranger program ($1.00 fee) Upon completion of the program kids receive a badge, have their photo taken, a newsletter and a 15% discount on book store items.

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts learn about the diversity of tiny aquatic insects that call the Niobrara home.

Laura Vroman

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