• Jasper Forest is magical in twilight, particularly the logs on stone pedestals

    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Be A Junior Ranger

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Petrified Forest National Park welcomes kids to learn more about the ancient environment of the Late Triassic—when the petrified trees were alive and giant reptiles roamed the land.

Junior Rangers "Explore, Learn, and Protect" their national parks. Become a Junior Ranger and you can learn about fossils, human history, wilderness and more! You'll even receive a gold badge and colorful patch so that you will not forget how important you are to the National Park Service.

How do you become a Junior Ranger?
Once you arrive in the park stop by the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, or Rainbow Forest Museum to ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet.

The Junior Ranger Activity Booklet is on-line, too! This will help you prepare for the activities, giving you a head start. If you don't have time to finish your booklet in the park you can mail it back to us to get your badge and patch. If you need some help with the answers, check out the park brochures.

We are always happy to add another name to our Junior Ranger team. We invite YOU to become a member of this very special group of people. When you take the time to learn about the park and its valuable resources, you will be able to share your knowledge with friends and family to help them understand why Petrified Forest National Park is a special place.


National Park Webrangers

Did you know, you can be a Webranger too! You can play games and do activities while learning about your national parks and earning virtual badges and patches. Just click here to find out more.

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Junior Rangers Explore, Learn and Protect!


Junior Ranger Night Explorer Program

Do you like astronomy and looking at the stars? Check out the Intermountain Region's Jr. Ranger Night Explorer Program.

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Jr. Paleontologist Book

Become a Jr. Paleontologist

Download the Jr. Paleontologist book and learn all about fossils and geology. Contact the park education program to request a Jr. Paleontologist badge after completing the activities for your age. Check it out here.

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