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?
Stop the Park Headquarters located at 508 E 2nd Street, Yankton, South Dakota from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed on Federal holidays) 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 be sworn in to become a 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 (4.3MB PDF) - For preschool to second grade contains fun activities on wildlife, history, and outdoor safety.
- River Ranger (5.5MB PDF) - For 3rd to 6th grade contains a wide variety of activities on nature, history, river ecology, and river recreation.
- Advanced River Ranger (6.5MB PDF) - For 7th grade to adult offers challenging puzzles and quizzes, and requires visiting at least six sites along the wild and scenic river.
After you complete the booklet, please return or mail to Park Headquarters to receive a badge and become an official Missouri National Recreational River Junior Ranger.
Mail your completed program to:
Missouri National Recreational River
c/o Division of Interpretation
508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078