Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger!
A Junior Ranger is a young person between the ages of 7 and 12 who completes the Junior Ranger activities and promises to help care for and learn more about their national park. Children 4 to 6 years old explore the park on their own level as a Junior Ranger, Jr.

Park rangers and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park staff present year-round fun and exploration to earn badges and patches for both Junior Rangers and Junior Ranger, Jrs. Junior Ranger Family Programs can be found in the 2017 Junior Ranger Family Program brochure. For more information and to register for these programs, visit the Conservancy's Junior Ranger page.

Find scheduled Junior Ranger and Junior Ranger, Jr. activities in our quarterly published Schedule of Events.

Children can also earn a badge by completing activities in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Junior Ranger Handbook or with our Junior Ranger, Jr. activity cards. Both are available free to the public and can be obtained from CVNP visitor centers. When activities are completed, take your handbook or cards to a visitor center where a park ranger will help complete the steps to obtain a CVNP Junior Ranger badge. You can also click here to download CVNP's Junior Ranger Handbook.

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. Click here to download the Great Lakes Junior Ranger Activity Book. When activities are completed, take your activity book to a visitor center where a park ranger will help complete the steps to obtain a Great Lakes Junior Ranger badge.

 

Junior Ranger Events Summer 2017

  • Cost for all events is $6 per child, $4 for Conservancy members. Adults are free unless other wise stated.
  • A parent or guardian is required to attend the programs with participating children.
  • Registration is required for all events and location will be given upon registration.
    • Call 330-657-2796
    • Or visit the Conservancy page here.

Junior Ranger Jr - For ages 4-6

A Very Busy Forest

  • Monday, July 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 am

  • Come explore the wonders of the woods through art, story, hiking, and nature play. We'll search for clues to uncover what animals live among the trees.


All Aboard for Fun

  • Tuesday, July 18 from 9:50- 11:35 am
  • Take a fun-filled ride through your national park on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Along the route we will learn about local wildlife. Join us as we share stories, sings songs, and investigate animal skin and bones. Pack a lunch.
  • Fee: $15 per child, $12 for Conservancy member , $6 for additional passengers.

Sunlight and Shadows

  • Monday, August 21 from 9:30 - 11:30 am

  • Discover more about the biggest star in our solar system. Explore the sun and the shadow it creates. This adventure will include experiments, art, a story, and a hike.

Junior Ranger - For ages 7-12

Rambling Along the River

  • Tuesday, July 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Become a water quality scientist and get to know the crooked river. Take a walk along the towpath, put on goggles and gloves, and test the water.

Fossil Fun

  • Saturday, July 15 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Have you ever seen a rock that looks like a strange creature? Maybe it's a fossil from when warm, shallow seas covered Ohio millions of years ago!

American Indian Ways

  • Monday, July 17 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Come explore the ways American Indians lived and learned in and around the Cuyahoga Valley. Analyze artifacts, play games, and craft your own creation to take home.

Nature Expressions; Weaving

  • Thursday, July 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Take a closer look at weaving in the natural world and then try your hand at creating your own master piece.

Rambling Along the River

  • Friday, July 28 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Become a water quality scientist and get to know the crooked river. Take a walk along the towpath, put on goggles and gloves, and test the water.

Tracks, Scat, and Fur

  • Tuesday, August 1 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Get the lowdown on mammals and the clues they leave behind. Try out your detective skills on the trail while using your "animal" senses to play some creative games.

American Indian Ways

  • Friday, August 4 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Come explore the ways American Indians lived and learned in and around the Cuyahoga Valley. Analyze artifacts, play games, and craft your own creation to take home.

Leave it to Beavers

  • Monday, August 7 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Take a closer look at the life of a beaver. Discover how these animals can change a habitat to create a new one.

Pond Pursuits

  • Thursday, August 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Park ponds are teeming with life, both above and below the water's surface. Join a ranger to learn which animals make ponds their home.


Nature Expressions; Weaving

  • Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 am
  • Take a closer look at weaving in the natural world and then try your hand at creating your own master piece.

Junior Ranger Teen: Kayaking Basics

Have fun mastering basic paddling skills on a calm lake. Classes are led by rangers and certified instructors from Crooked River Adventures. For ages 12-16. $12 per teen.
  • Tuesday, June 13

  • Wednesday, July 19

  • Monday, July 24

  • Tuesday, August 8

 

Welcome to WebRangers!
Visit the WebRangers web site, the National Park Service's on-line Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages. Your adventure begins with a membership card and a chance to create your own on-line ranger station. Once you log-in, you can post stories or photos, scan the best park webcams, take online safety courses, and complete activities to earn rewards. When you have completed all the activities, you will earn the WebRangers patch.

Last updated: July 11, 2017

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Phone:

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