Kids Programs


Despite its remoteness, Noatak National Preserve has a thriving Junior Ranger program. You can become a Noatak National Preserve Junior Ranger no matter where you are by filling out our Junior Ranger booklet, or you can attend one of our programs in person.

During the summer, the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center offers a variety of kids program for local children and young visitors alike. Three times a week, we hold different activities highlighting what makes Noatak National Preserve special and give kids a chance to earn Ranger Dollars for the Junior Ranger store. You can take a sneak peek at some of our Junior Ranger programs in these videos highlighting some of our favorite activities.

Summer programs run from early June through mid-August and topics differ every week. Give us a call at (907) 442-3890 to check the schedule and find out about the current program.

Parents are always welcome to attend with their children. We request that young children be accompanied by an adult or older sibling.

We hope to see you here!

park ranger teaches children on the side of the road
Junior rangers learn about wood frogs

NPS Photo/Paul Stolen

Roving Rangers

Every Tuesday, park rangers load up their truck with skulls, pelts or science experiments and head into Kotzebue for Roving Rangers. Originally designed to reach local kids in the community and help them discover everything the Northwest Arctic Heritage Center has to offer, the Roving Rangers stop at parks, playgrounds and other popular hangouts in town and offer a short, hands-on lesson about the amazing natural and cultural history of Northwest Alaska.

Who: Kids age 5 – 12 (or older if interested)

What: 15 – 25 minute show and tell programs

When: Check our calendar

Where: All around town; there’s no set order of locations

Last updated: May 5, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1029
Kotzebue, AK 99752


(907) 442-3890

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