The Junior Ranger program has been in use throughout the National Park System for more than two decades. Many of the 417 National Park Service sites across America offer the program, and Missouri National Recreational River is one of them.
Missouri National Recreational River'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:
- How the Missouri River has played such a defining role in our nation's history
- Why the Missouri River is an incredible natural resource
- The mission of the National park Service and our ranger staff
How do I become a Junior Ranger at Missouri National Recreational River?
The Junior Ranger program booklet is what you will need to complete the program. Visit the Missouri National Recreational River Park Headquarters located in Yankton, South Dakota from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except for Federal Holidays, when Headquarters is closed, to pick up the booklet.
Once you complete the booklet, please return back to Park Headquarters to talk to a National Park Service Ranger and to receive a badge and become an official Missouri National Recreational River Junior Ranger.
Are there other options if I can't pick up a booklet?
Junior Ranger Booklets are available online for different age groups:
- Junior Ranger - For preschool to second grade contains fun activities on wildlife, history, and outdoor safety. Download PDF
- River Ranger - For 3rd to 6th grade contains a wide variety of activities on nature, history, river ecology, and river recreation. Download PDF
- Advanced River Ranger - For 7th grade to adult (yes, you can too!) offers more challenging puzzles and quizzes, and requires visiting at least six sites along the 126 miles of Wild & Scenic River. Download PDF
After you complete the booklet, please return or mail your booklet to Park Headquarters to receive a badge and become an official Missouri National Recreational River Junior Ranger. Remember to print your full name and mailing address on your booklet for correct spelling on your certificate and correct mailing address.
Mail your completed program to:
Missouri National Recreational River
c/o Division of Interpretation
508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078