Junior Ranger Program
Kids! You can earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate by completing a few fun, easy activities. Just pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet at the visitor center to get started. If you have just a short amount of time to spend here, you can watch a short movie about the preserve and do a scavenger hunt in the visitor center exhibits. If you have more time to spend here, you can hike a trail or explore the Big Thicket by boat. All of these activities count towards getting your Junior Ranger badge!
While nothing takes the place of visiting national park areas in person, kids can learn about these areas online by becoming "webrangers". Go to www.nps.gov/webrangers to complete fun activities, earn online awards, and learn about the wide variety of resources in our national park units.
Every Kid Outdoors
Are you in 4th grade? Do you and your family like to visit national parks? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you can print a voucher that provides free entrance into federal lands and waters. You can also exchange your voucher for a durable 4th Grade Pass at many federal sites, including Big Thicket National Preserve. Just go to Every Kid Outdoors, complete an online game, and print your voucher! Your voucher and pass are valid through the following August of your 4th grade year.
Last updated: September 6, 2019