Be A Junior Ranger

An illustration of a ranger hat surrounded by the words, Junior Ranger, Explore, Learn, Protect.

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

Junior Ranger & Junior Ranger, Jr. Programs

Children and their adults can participate in a FREE Junior Ranger program. These programs happen every Wednesday and Friday, June 6 through August 14, and one Saturday a month, weather permitting. Junior Ranger programs are for kids ages 7-12 and Junior Ranger, Jr. programs are for kids ages 4-6. Complete two of these programs and earn a special Junior Ranger badge. Visit our events calendar and search keyword "Junior Ranger" for more information and to register.

Junior Ranger Challenge

Meet up with a ranger and complete a self-guided challenge! Junior Ranger Challenges are drop-ins that run daily from June 6 through August 20, 2022, 9:30 – 11:30 am and 1 – 3 pm, weather permitting. Visit our events calendar and search keyword "Junior Ranger" for more information on the challenges and the locations.

Junior Ranger Handbook and Activity Cards

Pick up a free copy of the Junior Ranger Handbook or Junior Ranger, Jr. Cards at Boston Mill Visitor Center. Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit and share their answers with a ranger. Anyone who completes the Junior Ranger Handbook or the Junior Ranger, Jr. Activity Cards will earn a Junior Ranger badge. Both offer activity choices for flexible trip planning. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 12, although people of all ages can participate.

Looking for suggestions for where to go with your Junior Rangers? Start with this list of kid-friendly activities in the Everett area.

 
 
 
A junior ranger stands at the desk holding their right hand up and wearing a ranger hat; behind the desk, a ranger checks their work
A Junior Ranger takes the oath

NPS/Sue Simenc

After You Finish

Once you've completed a Junior Ranger activity, download your badge to print or save!

To have a ranger administer the official Junior Ranger oath, call Boston Mill Visitor Center at (440) 717-3890 and leave a message with your name and phone number. A ranger will call back within the next day to swear you in!

We would love to hear from you!

Did you do any of the Junior Ranger activities on our website or design your own patch in The Valley Guide? Share your creations with us – take a photo, create a poem, share a drawing or just send us an email at CUVA_Jr_Ranger@nps.gov.

Last updated: June 15, 2022

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville , OH 44141

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