Welcome to the
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM
Junior Ranger page!
Here you'll find opportunities to become junior rangers a few different ways by following the directions and completing the required work. From becoming an official Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM Junior Ranger to becoming a Web Ranger Junior Ranger, this page has your junior ranger needs covered.
1) Becoming a Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM Junior Ranger
To earn your park junior ranger badge you need to take the park WebQuest quiz about Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers. No worries, the quiz isn't anything you need to study for all night long, just review the information on Charles Young and the men of the Buffalo Soldiers and then take the multiple choice quiz. Get your parents to help out, make it a family event. We're sure that everyone in the house can benefit from taking this informative and fun quiz. Once submitted, it may take upwards of 4 - 6 weeks to receive your Jr. Ranger packet with badge and certificate. This is due to staff availability and the volume of Jr. Ranger submissions we receive. Please know that we will work to turn around your submission as quickly as possible.
Here's how to get started:
2) Become a NPS Centennial Junior Ranger!
In 2016, the National Park Service launched a new junior ranger program for all to learn about the importance of one of the country's most recognized public agencies. Even though the Centennial has passed, you can still download the Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book and then print it out to complete. Fill out as much of the booklet as you can and then email it to us for a ranger to review. Once we look it over, we will mail you your limited edition Junior Ranger Centennial Badge and one of our rangers will sign your certificate. Be sure to include your return address so we can send you your badge.
Enjoy this activity by yourself, with friends or with your family! Be sure to visit one of the nation's 400+ National Park Service sites and commemorate 100 years of service!
Download the booklet (PDF - 3.6 MB)
3) Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer
To commemorate the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse, the National Park Service has partnered with the Planetary Society to bring you the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer program. The fun-filled Eclipse Explorer booklet is loaded with interesting eclipse information and activities that will engage kids and teach them about the sun and the moon.
To get started, simply download the booklet and then print it out. The booklet is laid out in three separate age/skill levels. Choose the appropriate level (found on page 2), complete the activities and then take it to a participating NPS park or mail it in to a participating park to receive a Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger badge! When you finish your booklet, you can mail us your completed booklet and we'll be happy to send your badge and ranger-signed booklet to you (while badge supplies last).
Many NPS sites are participating in this unique Jr. Ranger program, but please call the park you are going to visit and inquire if they have Eclipse Jr. Ranger badges available. The booklet and the badge are a limited edition, so once supplies run out, they are gone at least until the next U.S. total solar eclipse in 2024!
Download the Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger booklet (PDF - 22MB)
Every Kid Outdoors
Attention all 4th graders! Have we got a deal for you and your family! Get out and visit your National Park Service sites this summer, for free! That's right, for free! Visit everykidoutdoors.gov and take the short online quiz. Once you complete the quiz, you'll receive a voucher that you can print out and bring to any national park site in the U.S. for free entry to that site! You can exchange your voucher for a hard plastic Every Kid Outdoors card so you can show it off with pride. Not only will this card get you and your family access to all of the national park sites, it will also get you and your family free entry to thousands of other federal recreation sites across the country! So, what are you waiting for? Get started NOW! Visit everykidoutdoors.gov and take the quiz.
Last updated: March 20, 2020