Be A Junior Ranger

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Kids look up at the sun through specially filtered glasses to view the moon passing in front of the sun during a solar eclipse.

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Heads Up!

Check out this page for great Junior Ranger opportunities offered up by Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and the National Park Service. Contact the park if you have questions or need additional information on Junior Ranger activites and/or programs. Visit the park Calendar to search for any Junior Ranger events that are planned at the park. Scroll down on this page to see the fun AND free Junior Ranger activities that are available online!

 
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Click the logo to download the Junior Ranger booklet.

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Hopewell Culture NHP Jr. Ranger Program - Now Online!


Calling all kids! Ever wonder about the people who built the mounds? What did they eat? Where did they live? How do we know about these people that lived 2,000 years ago? Answers to these questions can be found by participating in the park's Junior Ranger program, either at the park or download the booklet here on this page.

Any child can become a Junior Ranger by answering questions in a booklet available at the Mound City Group Visitor Center. Answers can be found in the park's brochure, video, museum, and interpretive signs in the mound area and along trails. Upon completion of the activities, bring the booklet back to the Visitor Center and be awarded a Hopewell Culture Junior Ranger badge!

While the Junior Ranger program may be tailored for children of specific ages, we encourage visitors of all ages to participate in the program to expand their Hopewellian knowledge! Just ask a Ranger for your booklet during your visit. If you can't get to the park, we now have the booklet available online! Follow the instructions below to download your booklet.

To earn your park junior ranger badge you need to go through the park Junior Ranger booklet and complete as much of it as possible. The booklet is divided into two age group sections. Pick the appropriate age group and then proceed with the tasks. Get your parents to help out, make it a family event. We're sure that everyone in the house can benefit from this informative and fun booklet. Here’s how to get going:

  1. Open up the PDF file and save the booklet to your computer.
  2. Read through each question and then refer to information on the Mound City Group page or view the park film if you need assistance. While all of the answers won’t be in the website, you can find information that will help you complete some of the pages.
  3. When you complete your booklet, simply save your quiz on your computer or take pictures of each page and then email it to us hocu_socialmedia@nps.gov as an attachment. You can also print your completed quiz and send it to us the old fashioned way through the U.S. mail. Mail your printed and completed booklet to: Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-HOCU, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to write down your full name in the body of your message so we can fill out your certificate. Also, don’t forget to write your return address down too.

Once we receive your quiz, we'll go over your work and then we'll send you your Hopewell Culture NHP Junior Ranger badge and certificate of accomplishment!

Hopewell Culture NHP Jr. Ranger Booklet (PDF - 14MB)

 
Earn our Junior Archeology badge at a Junior Archeology event this summer!

Become a Junior Archeologist!

When most people think of archeology, they think of an adventurous explorer who braves great danger to grab a precious object! Archeology provides a link to the past and a means to study to the people who came before us. Junior Archeologists are important people because they help archeologists take care of very special places. The Junior Archeologist program is an opportunity for children to learn about the archeology at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park and have fun at the same time! In order to earn the badge and complete the requirements, children must participate in a Junior Archeology Day. In order to earn the badge, you must participate in a Junior Archeology Day event. Check our calendar for upcoming Junior Archeology Days.

Call the park at (740) 774-1126 for more information.

 
Click for WebRangers!
Click the logo above to visit the WebRangers site.
WebRangers

For more National Park Junior Ranger education and fun, visit our Webrangers site. There, kids can learn more about their National Parks in an interactive and fun adventure. Trivia, games and virtual trails help make the experience enjoyable and memorable. Guests can customize a virtual Ranger Station, earn more rewards, and play new activities! Visit today!
 
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Click on the Centennial birthday cake to download the Centennial Jr. Ranger booklet.

Become a NPS Centennial Junior Ranger!

In 2016, the National Park Service launched a new junior ranger program for all to learn about the importance of one of the country's most recognized public agencies. Even though the Centennial has passed, you can still download the Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book and then print it out to complete. Fill out as much of the booklet as you can and then email it to us for a ranger to review. Once we look it over, we will mail you your limited edition Junior Ranger Centennial Badge and one of our rangers will sign your certificate. Be sure to include your return address so we can send you your badge. To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to hocu_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-HOCU, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

Enjoy this activity by yourself, with friends or with your family! Be sure to visit one of the nation's 400+ National Park Service sites and commemorate 100 years of service!

Download the booklet (PDF - 3.6 MB)

 
Cover page of Eclipse booklet showing a darkened sky with the moon passing in front of the sun
The Jr. Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet - Click to download

NPS & The Planetary Society

Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer

To commemorate the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse, the National Park Service has partnered with the Planetary Society to bring you the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer program. The fun-filled Eclipse Explorer booklet is loaded with interesting eclipse information and activities that will engage kids and teach them about the sun and the moon.

To get started, simply download the booklet and then print it out. The booklet is laid out in three separate age/skill levels. Choose the appropriate level (found on page 2), complete the activities and then take it to a participating NPS park or mail it in to a participating park to receive a Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger badge! When you finish your booklet, you can mail us your completed booklet and we'll be happy to send your badge and ranger-signed booklet to you (while badge supplies last). To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to hocu_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-HOCU, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

Many NPS sites are participating in this unique Jr. Ranger program, but please call the park you are going to visit and inquire if they have Eclipse Jr. Ranger badges available. The booklet and the badge are a limited edition, so once supplies run out, they are gone at least until the next U.S. total solar eclipse in 2024!

Download the Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger booklet (PDF - 22MB)


 

World Heritage in the U.S. Junior Ranger


Learn about the World Heritage sites in the United States that are managed by the National Park Service. This introductory program about UNESCO World Heritage is a fun way for kids to learn about World Heritage and why it is important. Visitors of all ages should feel free to browse this superb website, and to learn about this important mission. You can even earn a World Heritage Jr. Ranger badge too! Click on Wally the World Heritage Wolf below to be taken to the World Heritage in the U.S. Jr. Ranger Program website.

 
A large arctic wolf on the right and the Junior Ranger logo on the left
The World Heritage Jr. Ranger Program and Wally the World Heritage Wolf

Last updated: September 8, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16062 State Route 104
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Phone:

(740) 774-1126

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