Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger gold badge for John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Booklets are available from a ranger at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center, north of Dayville on Highway 19 or you can mail in your completed booklet and we will mail you a badge!

When finished with the booklet, bring it to any ranger to look over.

You can also become a Web Ranger!


What Does a Junior Ranger Do?

Black and white illustration of Pongo, the park's unofficial saber-toothed mascot, tipping his ranger hat.


This place is a window where we can take part in a rare view into ancient Oregon. Looking through geologic and fossil records we can go back millions of years in time and find very different places than we see today.

A black and white illustration of two National Park rangers standing with three children.


You will discover an ancient world millions of years after dinosaurs roamed the earth. An age filled with lumbering rhinos and stalking saber-tooths.

Black and white illustration of the park's saber-toothed unofficial mascot, Pongo, reading a book.


Today, scientific discoveries happen right in front of you, as paleontologists unearth fossils never before seen by human eyes.


Safety First!

Hydrate: Be sure to drink lots of water while driving and hiking around John Day Fossil Beds.
Get Comfortable: Wear good shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
Take Care: Be careful where you put your hands and feet: snakes and spiders may be resting under rocks and in holes.
Be Good Company: Hike with other people. If you get lost, stay in one place.

National Park Service official arrowhead logo

Take Care of Our National Treasures!

During your stay in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument:

  • Please do take pictures, take away rich and lasting memories, and take your

time exploring the area.

  • But please, don’t take rocks, flowers, or other natural items. This will ensure

that our wild animals have the things they need to survive. Also, please do
not touch any artifacts you find.

  • Leaving things in place allows future visitors to enjoy the same experiences

you’ve had.

Last updated: January 3, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

32651 Highway 19
Kimberly, OR 97848


(541) 987-2333

Contact Us