Be A Junior Ranger

Three children holding up junior ranger book and junior ranger patches.
Explore, Learn, Protect! Junior Seashore Rangers earn their badges by exploring and learning about the seashore. Visitors of any age can become a Junior Seashore Ranger.

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Explore, learn, protect. This is the motto of a Junior Ranger. But what is a Junior Ranger? Junior Rangers discover the wonders of wildlife-watching, hike along a variety of trails, build sand castles, watch for whales, seals and sea lions, discover the lighthouse, or check out our visitor centers. They learn about the park's history, plants, animals and people, and swear to cherish and protect the park long after their visit. Young kids to those who are young at heart are welcome to join the Junior Ranger Program.

How do I become a Junior Ranger?

The cover of the Point Reyes National Seashore Junior Seashore Ranger booklet, featuring a cartoon of a sea lion and a rockfish swimming among kelp.

Pick up a Point Reyes Junior Seashore Ranger activity booklet at one of our visitor centers and complete the age appropriate section of the booklet. Explore the history of the Coast Miwok people, or study the park's marine life (such as elephant seals and gray whales), or learn about the Point Reyes Lighthouse and maritime history. When finished, stop by one of the visitor centers to receive a Junior Ranger badge.

Don't have enough time to finish the book while you are in the park? No problem! Scan, or take photos of your completed pages, and email it to Please include your name and current mailing address in the body of the email.

A ranger will check your work and mail you a badge!


On-line Activities

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    An underwater activity booklet being completed with two hands and a pencil
    Download the Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer Book.


    You can also become an Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger by downloading and completing the Underwater Explorer Junior Ranger activity booklet (37.2 MB PDF) [Ahora disponsible en español! (38.4 MB PDF)]. To receive a Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer Badge and a Park Ranger's signature, please mail your signed pledge (page 35) to the National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center, the address for which can be found on page 2 of the booklet.

    Last updated: June 27, 2023

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    Contact Info

    Mailing Address:

    1 Bear Valley Road
    Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


    This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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