The Junior Ranger Program is a great way for kids to learn about park resources! Most National Park Service areas have Junior Ranger programs; kids can collect badges or patches from over 400 NPS units.
At Great Sand Dunes, plan on a total visit of at least 2 hours to complete required sections of the Junior Ranger Booklet, available at the visitor center. (Most families plan about two days to visit this large, diverse park). There are three different age groups in the booklet: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13 and up. All sections for your age group must be completed to earn a badge or patch.
Are you spending the night in or near the park? You can also complete a Night Sky Explorer booklet to earn a patch! Pick up your Night Sky Explorer booklet at the visitor center or download the booklet to begin work before your visit.
Last updated: April 24, 2023