Junior Ranger

Plush turtle character sitting on bench looking at book
Bert the Turtle does the Junior Missileer handbook


For nearly three decades Minuteman Missile field personnel protected and defended our nation. Now you can learn about the duties they performed and why the Cold War was a defining event in American History. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site's Junior Ranger Program is a great way for children, as well as their parents, to experience the park. By completing several different activities, the whole family will learn about:

  • Why Minuteman Missiles were so important during the Cold War and still are today
  • How the Air Force personnel lived and worked at Minuteman sites
  • The mission of the National Park Service and our ranger staff
Cover of a booklet featuring a missile in a silo and a junior ranger patch
Cover of the Junior Missileer handbook and patch


Completing the Program

The Junior Ranger program booklets can be picked up on site at the Minuteman Missile Visitor Center or can be downloaded for work in advance of a visit:Junior Ranger Program, All Ages

Follow the directions closely, then after you have completed the program mail it to:
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567

A National Park Service Ranger will check your completed program to make sure you qualify for Junior Ranger status. You will then receive a patch certifying you as a Minuteman Missile Junior Ranger!

Last updated: February 22, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

24545 Cottonwood Road
Philip, SD 57567


605 433-5552

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