Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger Program

The Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger book on a night sky blue background. The booklet features a colorful graphic design of an eclipse over a mountain. Logos: The Planetary Society, NPS, Junior Ranger
The Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger program helps kids and families experience the 2023 and 2024 solar eclipses.

The Planetary Society and NPS.

Explore Eclipse Science Safely!

The Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger program is a partnership between the National Park Service and The Planetary Society. Full of interactive activities, the activity booklet helps kids and the young at heart connect with the science and stories of this awesome astronomical event and understand how to view the eclipse safely.

The Eclipse Junior Ranger program will be offered at participating National Park Service sites in the path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse. Note that some sites will be working with community partners to do off site programming.

Sites hosting the Eclipse Explorer program include:








New York




Graphic illustration of gold Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer Badge with eclipse design and motto Explore, learn, protect, NPS. Logos: planetary society and Junior Ranger. 
Participants working on Eclipse Explorer booklet at home can print and cut out this Junior Ranger badge. 

The Planetary Society and NPS

Learn About the Eclipse at Home.

You can also download the Eclipse Explorer booklet and enjoy the activities at home!

Program Logistics

Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger badges and solar viewers are offered at participating sites only. National Park Service sites do not have capacity to mail Eclipse Junior Ranger booklets or badges.

We appreciate your understanding as parks experienece increased inquiries and visitation around this popular event.

This program is offered for a limited time around the October 14, 2023 Annular eclipse and April 8, 2024 Total Eclipse.

Child looks down into a large solar viewing scope.
2023 & 2024 Solar Eclipses

Check out the paths of the 2023 and 2024 eclipses and the National Park Service sites where the phenomenon can be viewed

Park ranger holds Sound Explorer, Junior Angler, and Night Explorer books
National Themed Junior Ranger Programs

Find other Junior Ranger programs based on National Park Service subjects and themes.

Last updated: April 1, 2024