Be A Junior Ranger

Park Ranger swearing in three new Junior Rangers
Visitors who complete the Junior Ranger booklets will be sworn in as National Park Service Junior Rangers and will receive an official badge and certificate.

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Are you interested in exploring? Do you like art, science, history or nature? 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?

Padre Island National Seashore is just one national park that gives you a chance to earn an official Junior Ranger badge. Ask a ranger for a Junior Ranger booklet when you stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center. The Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Program is 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.

2) Complete the booklet by doing as many pages as you are years old. For example, if you're 7 years old, you have to complete 7 pages.

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! Congratulations!

If completing and sending in by mail or e-mail, you will be mailed a badge and your booklet (if mailed in). It is not necessary to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Please send completed booklets to:

Padre Island National Seashore
Attn: Malaquite Visitor Center
P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Or scan and e-mail to:

Junior Ranger Booklets Available for Download:

Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Booklet

Blue Texas Adopt-a-Beach patch and gold plastic junior ranger badge
You can earn a Junior Ranger badge at most parks that you visit, including Padre Island National Seashore. You may 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 visitor center.

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National Park Service Kids Page:

For additional games, activities, Junior Ranger programs, and more, visit the National Park Service's special webpage just for young visitors.

Last updated: December 19, 2019

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P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi , TX 78480


361 949-8068
This is the primary phone number for the Malaquite Visitor Center at Padre Island National Seashore.

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