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 Let's Go Fishing!
Get reeled into fishing with the new Junior Ranger "Let's Go Fishing!" Activity Book. The National Park Service and friends at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service created a new Junior Ranger book about fishing.
We want new Junior Ranger Anglers to:
- Explore national parks and national wildlife refuges to have safe & enjoyable fishing experiences.
- Learn about many aspects of fishing, aquatic habitats and fishing safety.
- Protect native fish and the habitats on which they depend.
Are you ready to earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge?
Follow these easy steps:
- Download the booklet or contact your favorite park to see if booklets and badges are available.
- Complete as many activities in the book as you can.
- Have a parent/guardian take a picture of a completed page in the booklet and e-mail us. Remember to include your name and address.
Or mail your completed book to:
National Park Service
Junior Ranger Program
1849 C Street NW RM 1448
Washington, DC 20240
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)
- exploring national park fossils
- slavery, abolitionist movement, and the underground railroad (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.