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?
If you're interested, Padre Island National Seashore is just one national park that gives you a chance to earn an official Junior Ranger badge and Junior Ranger certificate. Ask a ranger for a Junior Ranger booklet when you stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center, send us a message to have a booklet sent to you by mail, or download a .PDF copy here or from the links below. The Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Program, Historic Preservation Junior Ranger Program, and NPS Centennial Junior Ranger Program booklets are available as well. For all those who are young or young-at-heart, come out and earn your badge today! All ages are welcome to participate in the Junior Ranger program at Padre Island National Seashore.
You can also earn an Adopt-a-Beach patch by picking up at least one bag of trash from the beach. Free trash bags are available at the Malaquite Visitor Center.
How to Become a Junior Ranger:
1) Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet from Malaquite Visitor Center, download one from the links below, or request one by mail.
2) Complete the booklets by doing as many pages as you are years old. For example, if you're 7 years old, you have to complete 7 pages of each booklet you wish to complete.
3) Bring your completed booklet to Malaquite Visitor Center, scan and e-mail it to us, or send by mail.
4) If bringing in your booklet to Malaquite Visitor Center, you will be sworn in as an official National Park Service Junior Ranger and will receive your official Junior Ranger badge and certificate! Congratulations!
If completing and sending in by mail or e-mail, you will be mailed a badge, your booklet (if mailed in), and a certificate. It is not necessary to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Please send completed booklets to:
Or scan and e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Ranger Booklets Available for Download: