For Kids

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A young visitor discovers nature with a ranger at Sandstone Visitor Center.

NPS photo/Joseph Whelan


New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is a place for people of all ages- those who are young in years and those who are young at heart!

Don't let your parents have all of the fun. Ask your parents to stop by one of the park visitor centers, talk to a park ranger and find out if there are any special activities planned for kids. Tell them you want to become a Junior Ranger!

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    Spring Wildflower Art Contest

    Enter the annual Youth Arts in the Parks Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

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    Be a Junior Ranger!

    Become a New River Gorge Junior Ranger! Find out how you can earn your Junior Ranger badge and patch.

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    Girl Scout Ranger Weekend

    Girl Scouts - learn about how you may be able to attend Girl Scout Ranger Weekend at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center.

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Girl Scout Ranger Program

The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America have partnered to create the Girl Scout Ranger Program. Girls who complete program requirements can earn a girl scout ranger patch. To find out more, visit the National Park Service Girl Scout Ranger Program page.
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Scout Ranger Program

The Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program invites Boy and Cub Scouts to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark their awareness of the national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. To find out more check the National Park Service Scout Ranger Program page.
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Every Kid Outdoors

If you are in the fourth grade (or home-school equivalent and 10 years old), you can receive a voucher for a free 4th Grade Annual Pass to get you and your family into any national park for free! Check the Every Kid Outdoors page for more information and watch for special events here at New River Gorge.

Last updated: January 27, 2021

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246, 104 Main Street
Glen Jean, WV 25846



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