Be A Junior Ranger

Complete your Junior Ranger booklet and hike to earn the official patch.

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Have you ever wanted to be a park ranger? Now is your chance! By participating in Capulin Volcano National Monument's Junior Ranger and Junior Junior Ranger programs, you can help park rangers by learning what makes Capulin Volcano so special and how you can help protect it for future generations.

Junior Rangers (Ages 6 and up)
What kind of volcano is Capulin? What animals make their homes here? You will find out the answers to these questions and many more while completing the Junior Ranger activity book.

Children ages 6 and older are invited to pick up a Junior Ranger activity book at the visitor center upon arrival to the monument. If you can't make it to the visitor center, you can download the book from the link below. Don't forget to watch the park film and ask a ranger which programs are being offered while you are there. After completing the activities, bring your book to a park ranger and show them what you have learned. If you think you are ready, the ranger will swear you in with the Junior Ranger Pledge and present you with your very own Junior Ranger badge to take home!

Junior Ranger Book Age 6 and Up (4,122KB PDF)

Junior Junior Rangers (Ages 5 and under)
1, 2, 3? How many ladybugs do you see? Children ages 5 and under are invited to participate in the Capulin Volcano Junior Junior Ranger program, an educational activity book. If you come at the right time of year, you might even get to see the famous Capulin Volcano ladybugs! All participants are rewarded with a Junior Ranger badge upon completion.

Junior Junior Ranger Book Age 5 and Under (560KB PDF)

Let's Move Outside!
In addition to the Junior Ranger programs, all children are encouraged to take part in the national Let's Move Outside! program. By hiking at least 1-mile within the park in addition to completing the Junior Ranger program, you can earn a special patch in addition to your badge.

If you didn't have time to complete your book before leaving the park, you can mail the completed booklet to Capulin Volcano National Monument, PO Box 40, Des Moines, NM 88418. Alternatively, you can print out a virutual badge or patch from the link below.

Virtual Junior Ranger Badge (388KB PDF)

Last updated: May 19, 2020

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P.O. Box 40
Des Moines , NM 88418


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