Be A Junior Ranger

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Junior Ranger certificate

What is a Junior Ranger?

A junior ranger is someone who, after attending ranger programs and completing activities in a workbook, promises to take care of Big Bend and other national parks. It is a great way to learn and have fun in the park!

Become a Big Bend Junior Ranger

Discover Big Bend history, the parts of a cactus, and what javelina eat! The Big Bend Junior Ranger program is designed for kids of all ages. Through activities, games, and puzzles, kids can have fun as they learn about the park. Required activities include attending a ranger-led program, visiting a historic area, hiking on a park trail, and completing activity pages that encourage direct experience and discovery learning in diverse park environments. Both children and adults benefit by sharing the fun of becoming a Big Bend Junior Ranger.
Big Bend Junrio Ranger book cover

How does it work?

While visiting Big Bend National Park, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at any park visitor center. Complete the appropriate activities for your age group (listed inside) and return the booklet to any visitor center. A park ranger will review your book with you. Want to get started right away? Download the Big Bend Junior Ranger Book.

When your booklet is completed you will receive:

  • A Junior Ranger Badge or a Junior Ranger Patch
  • An official Junior Ranger Certificate to frame and enjoy

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834-0129


(432) 477-2251

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