National Junior Ranger Booklets

Ranger holds three activity booklets: Night Explorer, Sound Explorer, Junior Angler
Park Ranger holds a few of the Junior Ranger program's national theme booklets.

NPS/K. Anton


What are National Theme Junior Ranger programs?

In addition to Junior Ranger programs specific to their site, many parks also offer National Theme Junior Ranger Programs. These activity booklets help kids connect to topics that are important to many places across the National Park Service.

Who can participate?

Kids, families, and the young at heart are invited to become Junior Rangers! People of all abilities are welcome. Many programs are targeted to ages 5 –14, but are available to all.

How do I participate in person?

If you’re looking to work on a National Theme Junior Ranger program on your next visit, check with the National Park Service site before visiting to confirm what types of Junior Ranger programs are available on-site.

How do I participate online?

Check out the National Theme Junior Ranger programs below to learn more about each program. Some programs have online activities, and some offer a downloadable booklet. Completion awards vary with each program and may include a printable certificate, badge, digital high five, or a physical patch or badge. Many programs only offer a physical reward in person at a participating location.


Become a Junior...

The Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger book on a night sky blue background
2023-2024 Eclipse Explorer

Learn about solar eclipses with this Eclipse Explorer Junior Ranger program from the National Park Service and The Planetary Society.

Two kids hold up Junior Ranger badges from Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
On-Site Junior Ranger Programs

Find Junior Ranger programs at the next National Park Site you're visiting.


Frequently Asked Questions about National Theme Programs

The following questions and answers are for the National Junior Ranger booklets, which are based on a theme instead of a specific National Park Service site.