Online Junior Ranger

Thomas Edison and his school age son Charles at home working on an experiment.
Thomas Edison and his son Charles working on an experiment at home.

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Becoming a Junior Ranger is fun and easy. All you need to do is complete at least two of the activities below. Once you have finished the activities, go to the bottom of the page to print your Junior Ranger certificate.

Here are some fun things to try:

Junior Ranger Booklet

You can complete the entire Junior Ranger Booklet and earn your certificate below or select two activities from the book along with one of the other activities below to earn your Junior Ranger Certificate.

Earn a Virtual Passport Stamp

Learning new things was very important to Thomas Edison. Here is a way to learn something about another National Park. There are over 400 National Parks to explore and you can check them out right from your computer, tablet or phone. You can go to this link and participate in a tour or acitivity and earn a virtual National Park Service Passport stamp. Which park will you choose? Here’s the link to get you to a virtual program:

What park did you visit? What is something you learned at the park?


While taking a virtual tour of Thomas Edison’s Laboratory, see how many items you can spy. Start by looking for 6 items on each floor to complete the activity. Keep trying and see if you can find all the item. Click here for the tour and items to find. Good Luck!

Design Your Own Invention

Thomas Edison kept his ideas, notes and drawings in laboratory notebooks. Today the park has over 3000 of his and his worker's notebooks. When an idea came to Edison, he would sketch it out in one of the his notebooks. Sometimes he would continue and research the idea, other times he would put it aside for later. What ideas or inventions have you thought about? Now is your chance to capture those ideas. You can save it for a later date or begin to research your idea and see if you can create a prototype. You can draw your idea on a blank sheet of paper or use the form here. Don't forget to name your invention and date it.

Document recognizing earning Junior Ranger Certificate
Image of the certificate you can earn.

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Junior Ranger Certificate

Share your activities and what you learned with a parent or friend. Tell them about one new thing you learned about Thomas Edison or the National Park Service. Congratulations! You have earned your Junior Ranger Certificate. You can click here to print your certificate, print it and then add your name and todays date.


Last updated: April 22, 2020

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