Junior Ranger Programs
"Explore, Learn, and Protect!" The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.
The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks, and some Junior Ranger programs are national. Many national parks offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers.
Interested youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate.
Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer Activity Booklet and Badge
The National Park Service, partnered with the Planetary Society, to bring you an all-new, limited edition, Junior Ranger booklet about the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse that took place on August 21st. The booklet features Junior Ranger CaLisa exploring eclipse science and the connection between eclipses and national parks.
You can download your own copy of the booklet on this website.
To request your badge, please mail completed booklets to:
Department of the Interior/National Park Service
Junior Ranger Program, Room 1446, Washington, DC 20240
* There's a giant stack of badge requests and it takes time to get through all of them. It might take several weeks before you receive your badge. ** Booklets received on or after September 4, 2017, may not receive a Junior Ranger badge and instead will receive Junior Ranger stickers.
Help a baby sea turtle reach the sea... Be a spy... Drive a dog sled... Experience the life and death struggle of a puma.
If you are interested in the world around you and learning about our nation's heritage, this program is for you! And best of all, the WebRanger programs let you become a Junior Ranger from home, school or anywhere.
Click here to set up your ranger station and start your journey! There are more than 70 activities for you to learn along with your parents as you explore, learn, and protect your national parks.
Here are some fun Junior Ranger badges you can earn at home!
The following booklets are full of fun activities to help you discover and learn more about:
- archeology, with these booklets:
- the NPS Junior Archeologist Activity book and Parent's Guide (PDF)
- the Southeast Archeological Center's Junior Archeologist Program Activity Book (PDF)
- exploring the fascinating and fragile underground world of caves
- exploring wilderness (PDF)
- our night skies (PDF)
- Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (PDF)
- what is underwater (PDF)
- the importance of historic preservation and the need to save our valuable structures, as well as our historic neighborhoods, for future generations.
- the World Heritage in the U.S. Junior Ranger Program
And, if you like to get moving, playing outside, and working up a sweat, then check out our "Let's Move Outside, Junior Rangers!" Program . It's easy, healthy, and fun!
Songs for Junior Rangers
Last year, more than 800,000 children became Junior Rangers! In addition, the "Songs for Junior Rangers" CD has been awarded the Gold Seal from the Parent's Choice Foundation in Spring 2013. This set includes a 20-page illustrated booklet of lyrics and photos, and a poster map.
Listen to "Explore, Learn, Protect" from the CD:
Find Junior Ranger Pages for Specific Parks
Below is a list of links to Junior Ranger details for each park who has their Junior Ranger information online.