What is a Junior Ranger?
Are you interested in exploring? Do you like art, science, history or nature? How about animals, sailing ships, dinosaurs or trains? Would you like to learn more about the national parks that belong to you? Did you know you can help protect these special places - even if you never visit them all?
During your visit to Mount Rushmore YOU can become a Junior Ranger.Junior Ranger Programs allow you to see and interact with the park at your own pace and within the limits of your own time.
Junior Ranger TraineeFor children ages 3-4. No fee. Young visitors learn about Mount Rushmore and the natural resources through exploration activities found within the book. A Junior Ranger Badge is awarded upon completetion of the booklet.
Junior Ranger Activity Book
For children ages 5-12. No fee. Youngsters learn more about Mount Rushmore as they explore the memorial through the activities inside. A Junior Ranger Badge along with a certificate is awarded upon completion of the booklet. Once the certificate is obtained, a souvenir patch may also be purchased in the Visitor Center or Information Center bookstore.
Rushmore Ranger Activity Booklet
For ages 13 and up. No fee. Designed for older children and adults to enhance their Mount Rushmore experience through learning activities. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the booklet. Once the certificate is obtained, a souvenir patch may be purchased in the Visitor Center or Information Center bookstore.
New! Junior Ranger Quest
This activity is part of the Mount Rushmore Self-Guided Tour, which you can rent for $8. The Junior Ranger Quest is a new adventure that allows you to participate in up to 16 challenges at different tour stops around the park. Once you complete 12 of the challenges, you receive a Junior Ranger badge from a ranger desk, just like the written Junior Ranger program. More information about the self-guided tour rentals is available here.