Be A Junior Ranger

CHYO Jr. Ranger logo
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.
 
Jr Ranger Badge

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.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Read up about Charles Young and the men of the Buffalo Soldiers.
  2. Download the WebQuest quiz.
  3. Open up the PDF file and take the quiz on your computer. Read through each question and choose the best answer. Feel free to go back to the Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers web pages if you need assistance in completing your work (it's an open-book quiz, rather an open-webpage quiz).
  4. When you complete your quiz, simply save your quiz on your computer and then email it to us (chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov) as an attachment. You can also print your completed quiz out and send it to us the old fashioned way through the U.S. mail. Mail your printed and completed booklet to: Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to write down your full name in the body of your message so we can fill out your certificate. Also, be sure to write your return address down too.
  5. Once we receive your quiz, we'll go over your work and then we'll send you your Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Junior Ranger badge and certificate of accomplishment!
  6. After you complete your quiz, head over to the Park Fun page to find out what other activities are available from our website.
 
Child character with birthday cake
Click on the Centennial birthday cake to download the Centennial Jr. Ranger booklet.

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. To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

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)

 
Click for WebRangers!
Click the logo above to visit the WebRangers site.
3) Become a WebRanger

For more National Park Junior Ranger education and fun, visit the agency's WebRangers site. There, you can learn more about your National Parks through interactive and fun adventures. Trivia, games and virtual trails help make the experience enjoyable and memorable. You can even customize a virtual Ranger Station, earn more rewards, and play new activities! Visit the WebRangers site today!
 
Cover page of Eclipse booklet showing a darkened sky with the moon passing in front of the sun
The Jr. Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet - Click to download

NPS & The Planetary Society

4) 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). To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

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)


 

5) World Heritage in the U.S. Junior Ranger


Learn about the World Heritage sites in the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. This introductory program about UNESCO World Heritage is a fun way for kids to learn about World Heritage and why it is important. Visitors of all ages should feel free to browse this superb website, and to learn about this important mission. You can even earn a World Heritage Jr. Ranger badge too! Click on Wally the World Heritage Wolf below to be taken to the World Heritage in the U.S. Jr. Ranger Program website.

 
 
Grass-covered mounds and a large tree in the foreground
Sunrise at Mound City Group

NPS Photo / T. Engberg

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park World Heritage Nomination

For those who aren't aware, our sister park in Chillicothe, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, is now being considered for UNESCO World Heritage. Known as the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the park and its fellow Hopewellian sites are inching closer to possible UNESCO World Heritage List inclusion. We encourage you to read more about the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks Tentative List entry, spread the word to others about this worthy mission and to support the park's nomination. For more information about the Hopewell Culture NHP World Heritage journey, please visit the park's World Heritage page.

Last updated: September 8, 2017

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