Junior Ranger

The cover of the california trail junior ranger booklet, with the title and the map of the United States, depicting the trail route from Missouri to California.
Click the image to access the Junior Ranger Program!

How to Become a Trail Junior Ranger

1. Download the Junior Ranger Program, print the program front to back, and fold it in half.

2. Complete the program using the official map and guide text (Look for: Download the text only trail brochure in large print) and/or use California Trail Junior Ranger Information.

3. Once you are done, Email us (at NTIR_Junior_Ranger@nps.gov) a photo of your completed worksheet. Be sure to include your full name, address, and telephone number in the email, in addition to the worksheet. We'll check your answers and send you an exclusive Junior Ranger badge!

Note: the "contact us" email, and the email listed above are the same.

Due to the current Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and changes in office hours, please expect a slight delay in receiving your Junior Ranger badge. Thank you for your understanding.


Or you can mail your booklet to:

(expect a few weeks for response time)

National Trails
National Park Service
50 W. Broadway, Suite 950
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

A certificate that includes a junior ranger badge for students.
Students who complete the junior ranger worksheet will earn a certificate!

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For Teachers

Are you a teacher? Interested in your students becoming junior rangers?

1. Download, print, and have your students complete the junior ranger worksheet.

2. Follow the instructions listed above (email or mail) to submit the completed worksheets. (Please include your email address.)

3. A park ranger will check your student's worksheets and email official junior ranger certificates for your classroom!

(We apologize that due to the number of classroom requests, rangers can't send individual badges for participation. Thank you for your understanding.)


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Last updated: February 12, 2024

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National Trails Office Regions 6|7|8
California National Historic Trail
1100 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87505

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