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Junior ranger Activity Book

De Soto Junior Ranger Activity Book

De Soto National Memorial offers year round an award winning Junior Ranger program. While visiting the park your Junior ranger will receive an activity book, pencil, and compass to get them started. Junior Rangers will learn about the De Soto expedition and the Native American people as they are guided around the park and its trails. Junior Rangers must complete six activities as well as the map activity within the book.

Junior Rangers on Archaeology Day!
Junior Rangers uncover a special guest on archaeology day!

Park Photo

All Summer Camp spots have been filled for this season. If you did not make it we will hope to see you then next year. Next years camp will begin sign ups on June 1, 2018!

Annual Junior Ranger Summer Camp

Junior Ranger Summer Camp is an educational and fun way for your kids to learn about their National Parks. nature, and history.

Open enrollment— We offer open enrollment for children between the ages of 6 to 10, who are interested in exploring and being outdoors!

Registration is free— That is right, all registration and activities are 100% free of charge. But parents must come in person to register their children for the summer camp. Due to a high need and fierce competition for spots, we will accept no telephone reservations. Parents and guardians will only be able to sign up their children and due to the camp only being held for one week this year we will have to limit to only two children per family.

Experience Their National Parks— Junior Rangers will learn about all aspects of the place they live and the National Parks. Topics range from Florida's environments, path finding,conservation, archaeology, and history. With this years them being the NPS Centennial!

#JuniorRanger101— Junior Ranger Summer Camp runs for four days Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. This years summer camp will be offered from June 20th through June 23rd. There will only be 20 spots open for the week so sign up as soon as possible!

  • Reservations will only be taken in person at the visitor center from 9:30 am to 4:20 pm. No online, e-mail, or telephone registration is allowed.
  • Parents are only allowed to register their own children.
  • You are only limited to two children per family.
  • Completed forms must befilled out at the time of registration.
Hurry space is limited and camp days do fill up quickly,due to the popularity of the camps no spaces will be held under any circumstances! All spots are filled on a first come first serve basis.

What the Junior Ranger Will Need— We Ask that parents please provide the following for their Junior Rangers:

1.Re-usable Water Bottle



4.An end of camp snack

5.Closed toed shoes or sneakers (No flip flops or open toed sandals)

On Water Day Junior Rangers will need:

1.Closed toed and heel water shoes ( No flip flops of sandals)

2.A Towel

3.All other daily expected items

We will have registration forms available at the Visitor Center.

Last updated: May 20, 2017

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Mailing Address:

8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy
Bradenton, FL 34209


(941) 792-0458 x105

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