What is a Junior Ranger?
Junior Rangers help to preserve and protect national parks. They learn about nature and history, have fun exploring the parks, and tell their friends, families, and schoolmates about their adventures. Junior Rangers continue to protect the environment at home and at school.
How can you become a Junior Ranger?Based on what part of the canyon you visit, pick up one of the Junior Ranger Books described below. Complete the activity requirements within the book and bring it back to a visitor center before you leave the park. All Junior Ranger programs are free of charge.
South Rim Junior Rangers (Ages 4 and up)
To become a Junior Ranger at the South Rim, pick up the South Rim Junior Ranger Activity Book at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, Verkamp's Visitor Center Park Headquarters, or Tusayan Museum near Desert View. Complete the requirements listed in the booklet for your age group. Requirements include attending a ranger-led program, writing your observations, drawing pictures, and creating poems.
North Rim Junior Rangers (Ages 5 and up)
Between May 15, and October 15, to become a Junior Ranger at the North Rim pick up a North Rim Junior Ranger Activity Book at the North Rim Visitor Center. Complete the requirements listed in the book for your age group, including attending a ranger-led program and activity pages in the booklet.
Ask at the North Rim Visitor Center about a special activity sheet for younger children.
Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger (Ages 4 and up)
When you hike or ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, pick up the Phantom Ranch Junior Ranger Booklet from the canteen, campground, or Ranger Station. When you have completed the activities in the booklet, bring it to the Phantom Ranch Ranger Station to earn your badge, certificate, and free patch.
Did you know that the Grand Canyon Pink Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus abyssus) is found only in the Grand Canyon? The Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger patch, with a pink rattlesnake, is a special patch that can only be earned by Junior Rangers who hike or ride the mules to Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of Grand Canyon.
The Phantom Rattler program is available throughout the year.
What to do when you finish your activities:
Bring your completed booklet to a Visitor Center for review by a ranger. You will take a pledge and receive an official Grand Canyon Junior Ranger badge.If you bring your certificate to one of our park's non-profit book stores, you can purchase a custom sew-on patch to go with the award you received.
Questions about our Junior Ranger program? Email us HERE
Most activities are designed to be completed on site; therefore, we are not able to send digital or physical copies of the Junior Ranger book in advance of your visit. Please note that we are not able to mail badges to locations outside of the United States.
Last updated: January 21, 2020