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.
National Junior Ranger Day
"Raise Your Right Hand and Repeat After Me"
On April 15, 2017, visit your favorite national park or explore a new park while taking part in National Junior Ranger Day.
On National Junior Ranger Day, you can enjoy an entire day of special events and activities such as hiking with a park ranger, interacting with volunteers portraying Civil War soldiers, or discovering the past and its secrets on an archeological dig.
Complete a booklet or activity, take the Junior Ranger pledge, and become a Junior Ranger by exploring, learning and protecting our national treasures!
Junior Ranger Day falls during National Park Week.
This year, National Park Week is April 15 - April 23.
National Junior Ranger Program Booklets
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)
- the importance of historic preservation and the need to save our valuable structures, as well as our historic neighborhoods, for future generations.
- exploring the fascinating and fragile underground world of caves
- our night skies (PDF)
- exploring wilderness (PDF)
- what is underwater (PDF)
- the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (PDF)
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.