Historic Preservation Junior Ranger Program

Preserve History as a Junior Ranger!

A young junior ranger on the National Mall


The year 2016 is the Centennial of the National Park Service, but this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. This historic legislation is arguably the most powerful historic preservation law in the United States. Without the NHPA the landscape of our country would have suffered irreparable loss of historic resources. To help celebrate and honor this anniversary and educate the next generation of historic preservation stewards a National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary Tool-Kit was created and includes: 

  • NHPA50 Jr. Ranger BookletBadges, and Stickers available at a National Park near you, the Junior Ranger Booklet is available for download.  
  • NHPA digital discussion guide that will help you develop a basic understanding of the National Historic Preservation Act and provide key points for discussion around NHPA.

  • A digital Social Media Plan that creates an easy model to follow for social media postings commemorating the anniversary and your park’s cultural resources while connecting to a larger community story.
The NHPA50 Tool-Kit was conceptualized, designed, and developed by six graduates of the 2015 Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership Academy (GOAL) and funded by the Office of the Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science. We appreciate your participation in celebrating this golden anniversary in a diamond year. 
Historic Preservation Junior Ranger Activity Book   (Ages 7 and up .pdf 6.9 mb) 

Last updated: April 7, 2016