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?
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 patch.
Don't have enough time to finish the book while you are in the park? No problem! Send your book to the following address when you complete it:
Bear Valley Visitor Center
A ranger will check your work and mail the book back to you with a badge!
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 30, 2022