For Kids

Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger in Hat
Proud Junior Ranger

Kristin Collins

Inviting the youngest park visitors to become a member of the National Park Service family, the Junior Ranger program gives kids and families the opportunity to uniquely explore and learn about their national parks, and how they can help protect them today and into the future.

There are currently over 200 Junior Ranger Programs in the National Park Service. In each of these parks, kids interview Rangers, complete games, and answer questions about the park and the National Park Service. At the end of their experience in the park, they are sworn in as Junior Rangers and receive a special certificate and official Junior Ranger badge.

Complete the activities and mail it to the park at:

New Orleans Jazz NHP
Attn: Junior Ranger
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Upon receipt of your activity book, a junior ranger badge will be mailed to you.


Songs for Junior Rangers

Album Artwork

Songs for Junior Rangers Volume 1

Raise your hand if you were ever a Junior Ranger in our National Parks system. Songs for Junior Rangers is for everyone, and brings the joys of our national parks to you through very cleverly written and educational music. All songs were penned by Park Ranger Jeff Wolin, (except "Junior Ranger" which is by Krishel Augustine of the Navajo tribe), and he has engaged friends such as Johnette Downing, Bruce Barnes, Eric Falls and even the mighty Trout Fishing in America, to help him out. The whole affair is quite witty, with songs such as "Humps, Hooves, and Horns" educating children about the difference between buffalo and bison. Another favorite is "Explore, Learn, and Protect," which tells the history and legacy of the Parks department. "Four Presidents," sung by Downing extols the praises of Mount Rushmore, while "Spelunca Funka" is a funky ode to cave exploration, and "Run Fish Run" explains fish spawning with a great calypso rhythm. Elsewhere, "Down on the Mall" is a Bobby McFerrin-meets-Stevie Wonder-style song about national memorials, and the hysterical "Wapiti Hoppity" employs hip hop (what else?) to celebrates animals that hop. "Beach Party at High Altitude" is a Dire Straits-ish ode to snowboarding, and the Trouts contribute a polka elegy to historical figure Thaddeus Kosciuszko, who has a National Park named after him.

Still more fun can be had with "Skyscraper Plants," a Zouk tribute to Redwood trees, and a sea shanty, complete with sailing instructions and history in "New Bedford Whaling." The album ends with two Wolin gems in "Turtle Up, Turtle Down," about reptilian migration, and "National Fossil Day," which celebrates Earth's prehistory, set to a Zydeco beat.

The National Park Service, with support from the National Park Foundation, produced this CD, and it comes housed in a DVD style cardboard packaging, which is well designed and illustrated. The set also includes a 20-page illustrated booklet of lyrics and photos, and a poster map. Junior rangers can also use the songs as clues to play Junior Ranger game, which is included.

Lahri Bond ©2013 Parents' Choice

Family Friendly Fridays in the French Market

Johnette with books

Johnette Downing

World renowned children's author and musician Johnette Downing performs a family friendly performance once a month at the visitor center located at 916 N. Peters Street!

Check our Schedule of Events For program dates!

Johnette Downing is a New Orleans multi-award winning musician, singer and author presenting Louisiana Roots concerts and author visits for children, as well as keynotes and workshops for educators globally. Dedicated to celebrating childhood, nurturing cultural exchanges and fostering literacy through her music and books, Johnette has performed in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Central America, North America and the Caribbean. Johnette’s presentations speak to a child’s interests in an engaging, interactive, thought-provoking, educational, entertaining and culturally respectful way; earning her a reputation for being the “Musical Ambassador to Children” and the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions.”

Downing has garnered multiple awards including a 2017 Louisiana Writer Award, 59th Grammy Award Participant Certificate, eight Parents’ Choice Awards, four iParenting Media Awards, two Parent’s Guide To Children’s Media Awards, four National Parenting Publications Awards, a Family Choice Award, two Family Review Center Awards, Family Review Center Gold Award, Family Review Center Best of the Year Award, DAR Literacy Promotion Award, an Imagination Award, and a Haiku International Association Honorable Mention Award. Her work has received rave reviews on and in Nick Jr. Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Parent’s Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, American Library Association’s Booklist, School Library Journal, Washington Post, Early Childhood News, Cookie Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, New Orleans Magazine, and Big Apple Parent to name a few. Further, she was selected as one of “The Women of the Year 2008” by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine, “Thirty People to Watch in 2000” by New Orleans Magazine and “Forty Under Forty” by Gambit Weekly Magazine.

Last updated: November 30, 2019

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