Be A Junior Ranger

Three young girls use a pair of binoculars to explore the park.

If you're between the ages of 5-12, you can become a Junior Ranger! Here's how:

  1. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet for $2.50 at any park visitor center or at the Cades Cove or Elkmont campground.
  2. Complete the activities in the booklet.
  3. Stop by a visitor center to talk to a ranger and receive your Junior Ranger badge!

You can become a Junior Ranger at any time of year, but during spring, summer, and fall, ranger-led Junior Ranger programs are offered especially for children. Read through the schedule of ranger-led programs to find these special Junior Ranger programs.

Want to get your Junior Ranger booklet before coming to the park? Booklets can be purchased online:


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

Don McGowan Photo

Junior Ranger: Blacksmithing
Want to see what Junior Ranger programs are all about? Watch a video of the Junior Ranger Blacksmith program at the Mountain Farm Museum.

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:


Take an electronic field-trip to the park!
Search for life in the Great Smoky Mountains with downloadable acitivities, videos, and interactive games.


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.

Last updated: February 8, 2020

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