Junior Explorers

The Junior Ranger programs below are designed to encourage our young visitors to explore nature! Dive underwater, explore a cave, or look up at the night sky. There is so much to learn! Complete an activity book to receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate.
Jr Cave Scientists Activity Book

Junior Cave Scientist Program

We are looking for young speleologists to become junior rangers. In the Junior Cave Scientist program, you will explore the fascinating and fragile underground world of caves, learn about the National Park System, and complete fun educational activities.

  • Explore magnificent and beautiful caves. You will find an amazing underground world just beneath your feet!
  • Learn about caves and karst systems and the work that cave scientists do.
  • Protect our national parks and the things that make caves and karst areas special.
fishing booklet

Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Get reeled into fishing with the new Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! program. Gear up and get ready to:

  • Explore national parks, national wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries to have safe and enjoyable fishing trips!
  • Learn about fishing, aquatic habitats and fishing safety.
  • Potect native fish and the habitats on which they depend.

Jr Paleontologist Activity Book

Junior Paleontologist Program

Discover and learn about park fossils in the Junior Paleontologist Program.

  • Explore the ways that paleontologists work, and the methods and tools they use to understand ancient life.
  • Learn about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and changes to past climate and environments.
  • Protect our national parks, including fossils and the rocks in which they are found.

Junior Ranger Night Explorer Activity Book

Junior Ranger Night Explorers

The Junior Ranger Night Explorer program is designed to encourage young park visitors to explore the dark side of their national parks. Find the North Star, track the phases of the moon, learn about stars and galaxies, and more!

Image of the cover of the Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer booklet

Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer

Listen Up! You can become a Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer. Follow Lucy the Listening Owl on a journey to:

  • Explore sounds you hear in parks.
  • Learn the science of sound and why sound is important to parks.
  • Protect sounds you hear in parks and at home.

Underwater Explorer Booklet

Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer

The Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer program is full of fun activities to encourage youth to explore different environments, animals, and the people who work beneath the water's surface.

Last updated: March 18, 2020