Be A Junior Ranger

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Junior Rangers are critical to the success of the National Park Service's to protect special places and stories. Junior Rangers are learners and leaders. There's a lot of ways to be a great Junior Ranger; whether you teach others about keeping a safe distance from wildlife, or by learning more and more about the world around you. ....However you want to be your best Junior Ranger, we have a variety of options to get you started.

Connecting Future Junior Rangers through Digital Activities

Below you will find several activities you and your future Junior Ranger can complete.
Want your badge? After completing any of the activities on this page, or at Print this badge . Design and color it to match your own Junior Ranger values.

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It Came From the Smokies

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We hope families will experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park at home, online and outside! Join us at home for Park Ranger-led adventures, activities and resources for students of all ages. The site is in response to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) as kids are home from school, and unable to visit the park, but we hope the site will be a resource for parents and teachers long after the pandemic.

Want your badge? After completing any of the activities on this page, or at Print this badge, design and color it to match your own Junior Ranger values.


Junior Ranger programs offer children a chance to explore the park and learn about the past.

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Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing
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Online Opportunities to Explore National Parks

Can't visit the park in person? Explore the Great Smoky Mountains and other national parks through the following online games and activities:

Find Your "Virtual" Park
National parks offer extraordinary experiences, but it’s not always possible to get to a park in person. Fortunately we have ways to connect with national parks from a distance through digital opportunities and activities to do in your own home or neighborhood. There are enough activities to keep you occupied for days! Find some suggestions below to engage with parks remotely and check for additional opportunities on park and NPS program websites.

NPS partners also have interesting ways to stay connected with national parks on their websites and social media, including live tours, kids activities, reading lists, digital suggestions, and more. Check out the National Park Foundation's suggestions for Park Activities You Can Do from the Comfort of Your Home or Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park.

Become a World Heritage Junior Ranger!
What's a World Heritage Area? And what makes them so special? Discover the answers with fun, interactive games and activities.

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Online activities for kids and their families.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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