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Become a Great Sand Dunes Junior Ranger at Home!



While virtually visiting Great Sand Dunes, we are offering you the opportunity to earn a Great Sand Dunes Junior Ranger badge or patch from your own home. Complete the activity corresponding to the correct age group below and the Backyard Bingo. Younger children may need the help of a parent or guardian. After completing the activities please email us, providing the following:

  • Your name

  • Mailing address

  • Badge or patch preference

  • What activity you completed and something you learned from it


Activities
The Great Sand Dunes activities linked below are on the Hands on the Land website, a partner organization with the National Park Service.

  • Ages 3-4: Backyard Bingo activity only. Go outside and mark off everything you find on the Bingo sheet. To complete this activity, you must get 5 in a row in any direction. Happy backyard exploring!
  • Ages 5-7: Track Memory
  • Ages 8-10: Habitat Search
  • Ages 9-12: Raven’s Song
  • Ages 13+: Any two activities listed on this page
 
 
Great Sand Dunes Badge and Patch
Kids may choose a patch or a badge upon completing all requirements.

Junior Ranger Program

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.

Onsite Visit

At Great Sand Dunes, plan on a total visit of at least 2 hours to complete required sections of the Junior Ranger Booklet or do Junior Ranger Backpack activities. (Most families plan about two days to visit this large, diverse park).

 
Junior Ranger Booklet Cover
Great Sand Dunes Junior Ranger Booklet

During your visit to Great Sand Dunes, you can choose one of two ways to earn a badge or patch:

  • Complete all sections of the Junior Ranger booklet in your age group. The booklet is available at the visitor center. There are three different age groups in the booklet: 3-6, 7-9, 10-12, and 13 and up.

    or
  • Check out a Junior Ranger Backpack with compass, magnet, measuring tape, magnifying glass, binoculars, tracking guide, and more. On your clipboard, draw pictures and record your measurements and observations. Return the backpack to the visitor center and show the ranger your drawings, measurements and observations to earn a badge or patch.

Just stop by the visitor center when you arrive, pick up your booklet or backpack, and go explore!

 
 
Kathy and Willa celebrate Every Kid in a Park
Great Sand Dunes Park Ranger, Kathy Faz, presents San Luis Valley 4th grader, Willa Seesz-Sanchez with her Every Kid Outdoors free access pass.

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Great Sand Dunes Welcomes 4th Grade Students through "Every Kid Outdoors"

National Program Encourages Families and Classes to Visit National Parks

Great Sand Dunes invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the "Every Kid Outdoors" program. Fourth grade students can visit the website, everykidoutdoors.gov, to obtain a voucher which they can then exchange for a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national park units, wildlife refuge areas, and US national forests.

Last updated: September 8, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Visitor Center
11999 State Highway 150

Mosca, CO 81146

Phone:

(719) 378-6395
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center main number

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