Be A Junior Ranger
Petrified Forest National Park welcomes kids to learn more about the ancient environment of the Late Triassic—when the petrified trees were alive and giant reptiles roamed the land.
Junior Rangers "Explore, Learn, and Protect" their national parks. Become a Junior Ranger and you can learn about fossils, human history, wilderness and more! You'll even receive you own official Jr. Ranger badge so you won't forget how important you are to the National Park Service.
How do you become a Junior Ranger?
Once you arrive in the park stop by the Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn, or Rainbow Forest Museum and ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet.
The Junior Ranger Activity Booklet is on-line, too! This will help you prepare for the activities, giving you a head start. If you don't have time to finish your booklet in the park you can mail it back to us to get your badge. If you need some help with the answers, check out the park publications.We are always happy to add another name to our Junior Ranger team. We invite YOU to become a member of this very special group of people. When you take the time to learn about the park and its valuable resources, you will be able to share your knowledge with friends and family to help them understand why Petrified Forest National Park is a special place.
There are a lot of other junior ranger activity books in the National Parks! Check them out here!
Become a Jr. Paleontologist
Check out the Jr. Paleontologist book and learn all about fossils and geology. After completing the number of activities for your age you can bring your book into the park to earn your badge or mail it to us Attn: Education Program. This booklet and corresponding badge are available in the park but you can also download it here.
Junior Ranger Night Explorer Program
Do you like astronomy and looking at the stars? Check out the Intermountain Region's Jr. Ranger Night Explorer Program. Complete the booklet and bring it into the park to receive your patch or mail it back to us Attn: Education Program and we will mail back your booklet and patch. (This booklet is not available in person in the park.)
The National Historic Preservation Act
Not only was 2016 the 100th birthday of the National Park Service but it also marked the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. You can learn all about Historic Preservation and what park sites protect our nation's history with this fun activity booklet.
National Park Web Rangers
Did you know, you can be a Webranger too! You can play games and do activities while learning about your national parks and earning virtual badges and patches. Just click here to find out more.
Last updated: December 1, 2018