• Afternoon clouds cover the distance peaks of the iconic Boney Mountain

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Be A Junior Ranger

Learn how to be a Junior Ranger!

Be a Junior Ranger in the Park

Weaving Cultures: A Junior Ranger Program is for kids between the ages of 8 and 13. However, visitors of all ages are invited to learn about our park! Junior Rangers get a workbook on the past and present Chumash living in the Santa Monica Mountains. After completing three sections of the book, they are awarded a Junior Ranger patch unique to the Santa Monica Mountains.

Junior Rangers who want to explore more can earn Ocean, Valley, and Mountain Junior Ranger pins. Earn your pins by going to programs listed in the Outdoors Calendar of Events. After earning all three pins, you are a Mountain Junior Ranger, the highest ranking Junior Ranger in the Santa Monica Mountains!

Visit one of our Visitor Centers to get your FREE book.


Be a Junior Ranger on the Web

Want to learn about other parks as well? Then become a Web Ranger by exploring other parks and playing games. See what makes our parks so much fun. You can even build your own ranger station!

Click start to begin your journey an earn the awesome Web Ranger patch. START>>>

Did You Know?

Backbone trail hikes lead to views of mountains, canyons, and the Pacific Ocean.

Piece by piece, a trail is forging its way along the "backbone" of the recreation area. California State Parks took the first step toward a 65-mile Backbone Trail in 1978. With 5 miles left to go, single track trails and fireroads will unite this patchwork of public parklands from east to west.