Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger

"Explore, Learn, and Protect!" The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.

The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks, and some Junior Ranger programs are national. Many national parks offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers.

Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, and share their answers with a park ranger. Anyone who completes the Junior Ranger Activity Book or the Junior Ranger, Jr. Activity Cards will earn a Junior Ranger Badge. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 12, although people of all ages can participate.

Activity books and cards are available at Boston Mill Visitor Center, Canal Exploration Center, and Hunt House. When complete take your book or cards to a visitor center to receive a badge from a Ranger.

  • Another Junior Ranger opportunity is to become a Great Lakes Junior Ranger, exploring, protecting, and learning about the Great Lakes. Today, there are 15 national parks located on or near the Great Lakes. Visit any of these locations, and complete the activities to receive another badge!

 

Junior Ranger Programs

Children of all ages can join us on many ranger-led hikes and learning experiences in the national park throughout the year.

Upcoming Programs


Saturday, January 11th
Junior Ranger, Jr.: Hibernation Happens

When the weather turns cold and snow blankets the ground, where are the animals? Find out who is sleeping and where they may be hiding. Be prepared for a short hike. For ages 4 - 6. 10 a.m. – noon.
Register via Eventbrite

Monday, January 20th
Junior Ranger: Winter Tracks Snowshoe

Although you may not see certain animals when you visit the park, you can tell who was here earlier from their tracks. Head out on the trail with a pair of snowshoes and search for wildlife. Must have at least 4 inches of snow. For ages 7 - 12. 1 – 3 p.m.
Register via Eventbrite

Saturday, February 8th
Junior Ranger, Jr.: Moon, Moon, Moon

Winter is a great time to get out and observe nature’s largest night light. Explore the moon through activities and stories, and then hike under its glow, experiencing the park at night. For ages 4 - 6. 6 – 8 p.m.
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Saturday, February 29th
Junior Ranger: Park at Dark

Join a ranger to explore the park under the evening sky. Sharpen those nocturnal senses and inventory the creatures that are out and about during the winter. For ages 7 - 12. 6 – 8 p.m.
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Saturday, March 21st
Junior Ranger: River Art

Take a closer look at some of the beautiful views the Cuyahoga River has to offer. Try to capture some of the natural beauty by using different watercolor tools and techniques. For ages 7 - 12. 10 a.m. - noon.
Register via Eventbrite

Saturday, March 28th
Junior Ranger, Jr.: Here Comes Spring

Explore what is changing as the cold weather ends and Spring arrives. Go on a hike to search for signs of new life. For ages 4 - 6. 10 a.m. - noon.
Register via Eventbrite

Program Registration

Registration for all Junior Ranger programs is required; if not listed above, visit the events page of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for a list of programs and to register.

  • A parent or guardian is required to attend the programs with participating children.
  • All events are free unless listed otherwise.
  • Junior Ranger programs are listed in the Valley Guide, which is available at our visitor center.
  • For questions about Junior Ranger programs, call and leave a message on the Junior Ranger Hotline: 330-657-2796 x1140 or e-mail us.

Junior Ranger Day Camps

Junior Rangers interested in a multi-day exploration of their national park can sign up for one or more weeks of Junior Ranger Day Camp during the summer. Visit the Summer Camp page of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center for more information and to register.

 
A group of Junior Rangers gather around a ranger on a trail and peer into the ranger's hand, where there is something of interest, perhaps an insect
Children participating in a Junior Ranger Program

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Last updated: December 19, 2019

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