Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire
For the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Junior Rangers at Saguaro National Park
Junior Ranger Programs
Youths are encouraged to discover their environment by dissecting owl pellets, cooking a trail snack on a backpack stove, hiking in the desert, and drawing a favorite cactus. These are just some of the activities children can experience when participating in one of Saguaro National Park's Junior Ranger programs.Here at Saguaro National Park we feel the future stewardship of our park is of the utmost importance. A Junior Ranger is an explorer. A Junior Ranger is a learner, and this type of learning is informal and fun. A Junior Ranger is a protector of the national parks. Junior Rangers discover things they can do to help make sure there are always parks to visit in the future. They learn things they can do in the parks, and things they can do when they return home. When they have completed their activity booklets, children are sworn in as a Junior Ranger and receive a badge and certificate. Each year 450,000 children become Junior Rangers. In today's high paced world, we recognize that schedules are even busier than ever! That's why we have a few different ways kids can become Junior Rangers.
COME IN TO THE VISITOR CENTER
First, they can come into Visitor Center here at the park to pick up their workbook for the Self-guided Discovery Day Pack. This pack takes approximately 1-3 hours to complete and is totally self-guided and can be completed at the child's own pace. Junior Rangers and their families explore the parks using activity booklets designed especially for them. The booklets introduce park stories and point out things of interest that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Second, kids can come and join our Day Camps (held only at Tucson Mountain District - West). Click below for a complete schedule of day programs
The third way kids can become Junior Rangers at Saguaro National Park is by participating in one of our fabulous Summer Camps. These programs are held at both districts, and vary in details. In this camp children will experience the desert by learning about the animals native to our desert home, the importance of water, how to hike safely in the desert, interactive games and activities and much, much more. Click on the links below for more information.
Finally, for those of you long distance or just unable to make it to the park in person, kids can now become On-line Junior Rangers. To learn more about this opportunity by following this link Go WebRangers.
Did You Know?
The saguaro cactus only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. There are approximately 1.6 million individual saguaro plants growing within Saguaro National Park.