Be a Junior Ranger

Ranger giving a child a badge

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.

Become a virtual Grand Canyon Junior Ranger!

Complete the appropriate age-specific activities:


How can you become a Junior Ranger when visiting?

The Grand Canyon Junior Ranger books are designed with place-based activities to be completed on a visit to the park. The park is unable to mail out Junior Ranger booklets or badges.

When you visit Grand Canyon, come to one of the park's visitor centers, or to one of the bookstores operated by the Grand Canyon Conservancy, to pick up a Grand Canyon Junior Ranger Activity book. Read below for descriptions of the books available in the park.

Grand Canyon Junior Ranger Badge

South Rim Junior Rangers (Ages 4 and up)

Complete the requirements listed in the booklet for your age group. Requirements include attending a ranger-led program in the Village or at Desert View , writing your observations, drawing pictures, and creating poems. Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Book at one of the following locations:

  • Grand Canyon Conservancy Main Store (Visitor Center Plaza)
  • Yavapai Geology Museum
  • Kolb Studio
North Rim Junior Ranger Badge

North Rim Junior Rangers (Ages 5 and up)

Between May 15, and October 15, become a Junior Ranger on 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, which includes attending a ranger-led program, and the activity pages in the booklet. It is also possible to request a special activity sheet for younger children at the Visitor Center.

beneath a starry night sky with canyon walls on both sides, a scorpion is on the ground by an arrowhead. Text at top reads: Grand Canyon, and text at bottom reads: Explorer.

Grand Canyon Explorer Junior Rangers (Explorers of All Ages)

How can you protect Grand Canyon and include others in taking care of the park? When you hike or ride a mule into Grand Canyon backcountry, pick up the Canyon Explorer Junior Ranger Adventure Guide from the corridor trail campgrounds or backcountry ranger stations. When you have completed the activities in the booklet, bring it to one of the backcountry ranger stations to earn your badge and free patch. (Available year round).

The patch, with a glow-in-the dark scorpion, can only be earned by explorers of all ages who visit backcountry ranger stations at the bottom of Grand Canyon or the remote outpost at Tuweep.


How can you become a Virtual Junior Ranger?

If you are not able to visit Grand Canyon National Park, you can become a Virtual Junior Ranger at home! After completeing the activities for your age group, download your own Grand Canyon Junior Ranger Badge.

A girl sits on the rim trail working on a booklet
Online Junior Ranger Activities Ages 4-7

Become a Virtual Junior Ranger! Children ages 4-7 can find engaging activities and earn their Virtual Junior Ranger Badge.

Two people sit by the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon working on a workbook
Online Junior Ranger Ages 8 and up

Become a Virtual Junior Ranger! Ages 8 and up can learn more about Grand Canyon while working to earn a Virtual Junior Ranger Badge.

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
34 seconds

Have you completed the Junior Ranger Book and are ready to swear in? Join our Park Rangers and take the pledge!


Programs for Junior Rangers


There are a number of Junior Ranger activity books available online on a variety of topics related to national parks across the country. Whatever your interests, check out these cool Junior Ranger programs that you can do at home or in your local area.

You can find Junior Night Sky Explorer, Junior Ranger Paleontologist, and more in these online activity bookets - There are 10 different booklets to choose from!

Last updated: April 8, 2024

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

PO Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023



Contact Us