Although the program is focused on the 6-12 age range, visitors of all ages can participate in a Junior Ranger activity when visiting the park. While kids and their families tour the grounds, they also take time to answer questions in the park's Jr. Ranger activity book. Upon completion, Jr. Ranger cadets will receive a badge and certificate. To get started, ask a ranger for a Junior Ranger booklet when you visit the park!
Scroll down to find out the ways to become a Junior Ranger at this park and in the National Park Service.
Become a Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP Junior Ranger!
Being a Junior Ranger is a great way for your child to get involved with your National Parks. It’s also a great way for the entire family to learn more about Dayton's only National Park and about the National Park Service. All interested future Junior Rangers, between the ages of 6-12, should report to the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center. At the front desk just ask for a Junior Ranger booklet to get started.
It's fun, FREE, and easy!
Come and join a growing group of kids who are interested in the world around them and involved with their nation's heritage. Become a Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Junior Ranger. Upon completion of the required activities in the booklet, each participant can receive a Junior Ranger badge at each location and have an official park ranger sign their certificates of completion. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please feel free to Contact us. Visit the Directions page for information on how to get to the park.
More ways to become a
Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP Junior Ranger!
Get the Paul Laurence Dunbar Junior Ranger patch by visiting the Dunbar House and completing the Junior Ranger booklet. Ask the ranger at the front desk for a Junior Ranger booklet to get started.
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 email@example.com. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-DAAV, 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-DAAV, 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!
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!
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.
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.