For Kids

Four recently sworn-in Junior Rangers smile for the camera at Malaquite Visitor Center
Becoming a Junior Ranger is an excellent way for the young (and young at heart) to explore Padre Island National Seashore!

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Junior Ranger Program:

The Junior Ranger program is intended for young people, from age 5 to 13, however, all ages are welcome and encouraged to become Junior Rangers! A free booklet is provided that contains activities to help the participant learn about what makes Padre Island National Seashore so special, along with the park's plants, animals, and unique history. A park ranger reviews the booklet and swears in the participant as an official National Park Service Junior Ranger. Junior Rangers are awarded a certificate and badge for completion of the booklet and an additional patch if they participate in a beach clean-up.

Click here to download Junior Ranger booklets and for more information on the Junior Ranger programs we offer!

Ranger-led Interpretive Programs:

The park gives a number of programs during the year, all of which can be enjoyable for families. These include beach walks, deck talks, evening programs, star parties, birding tours, and others. Some of these occur seasonally, so please read more about our Ranger-led Interpretive Programs or call 361-949-8068 for more information.

Every Kid in a Park:

Calling all Fourth Graders! If you are in the fourth grade (or home-school equivalent and 10 years old), you can participate in a fun online activity and receive a voucher for a free 4th Grade Annual Pass. Print out the voucher and take it with you and your family to a national park (including Padre Island National Seashore), where you can serve as an ambassador and introduce your family to the National Park System. This program, called Every Kid in a Park, begins September 1 of your fourth grade year and runs until August 31st of that year. National parks and other federal lands and waters all across America are excited to share their heritage with young people.

Last updated: April 4, 2022

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Mailing Address:

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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