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? 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:

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

Or scan and e-mail to: pais_visitor_center@nps.gov

Junior Ranger Booklets Available for Download:

Padre Island National Seashore Junior Ranger Booklet

Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger Booklet

Centennial Junior Ranger Booklet

National Historic Preservation Act Junior Ranger Booklet

 
Four gold Junior Ranger badges and an Adopt-A-Beach patch in the center
You can earn a Junior Ranger badge at most parks that you visit, including Padre Island National Seashore. Here are the four badges we offer! 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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Become a Web Ranger!

Now you can experience a national park even if you are not able to visit one in person! Web Rangers is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, the Web Ranger program can help you experience how wonderful they can be. You can now customize you Ranger Station, earn more rewards, and play new activities! Visit the Web Ranger website to get started today!

Become a World Heritage Junior Ranger!

Want to know what a World Heritage site is and why they are so special? Find out these answers and more with fun, interactive activities for kids. Visit the World heritage Junior Ranger site to begin!

National Park Service Kids Page:

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 181300
Corpus Christi, TX 78480

Phone:

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

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