Become A Junior Archeologist

Boy wears gloves while holding a tools digging in earth.

Wondering what archeology is? Or what archeologists do? Are you curious about what people in the past did, or what they were like?

We are looking for archeologist-wanna-bes to join us. Participants can email or mail their completed booklet to receive a Junior Archeologist patch. Remember the Junior Ranger motto: Explore, Learn Protect!

Download the Junior Archeologist Booklet. Printed booklets are not available.

NOTE: This is a publication of the National Park Service. It contains copyrighted material, and is being made available exclusively in this format for non-commercial educational purposes. The publication can not be reformatted or sold.

Receive a Junior Archeologist patch one of two ways:

  • Option 1: Email images of completed pages to < nps_chiefarcheologist@nps.gov >. (The preferred option - saves both postage and the environment.)

  • Option 2: Mail the completed booklet to NPS Chief Archeologist, National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW (MS 7508), Washington, DC 20240.

The Junior Archeologist Program is a part of the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program. The goal of the Junior Ranger Program is to connect young people to their national parks through a variety of in-park and on-line activities that introduce them to the national park system and cultivate future generations of park stewards. Over 200 National Park Service areas currently have Junior Ranger programs. Learn more on the Become a Junior Ranger webpage.

Last updated: July 1, 2020