• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

Be A Junior Ranger

A colorful illustration of a park ranger and children with a sailboat in the background.

The original logo for the park's Junior Ranger activity booklet.

NPS/Illustration by Inge Wessels

While in the park, younger visitors can pick up a free Junior Ranger Program activity booklet at three contact stations: the Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, or the Ticket Booth on Hyde Street Pier.

There is an activity booklet for kids ages 5-8, and one for kids ages 9-12. It's a fun way for kids, and those big kids along with them, to learn about the park. The booklets are also available in Spanish (ages 5-8, ages 9-12).

Once the activities are completed, find a park ranger who will review the booklet with the new Junior Ranger and present them with a Junior Ranger badge.

 
A park ranger standing next to an adult carrying a child on his shoulders.
Junior Ranger Day on Hyde Street Pier, 2013.
NPS
 
Children at a table doing crafts.
One of the many fun activities during Junior Ranger Day on Hyde Street Pier, April 23, 2011.
NPS

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...