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 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 Handbook 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.

When park facilities reopen, activity books and cards will be 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.

 
 
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!

Last updated: May 13, 2020

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141

Phone:

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