For Kids

A pile of wooden Rock Creek Park junior ranger badges
Rock Creek Park Junior Ranger Badges

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Be a Junior Ranger

Learn about Rock Creek Park and become an official Junior Ranger! We have two versions of the program available:

  • Basic Junior Ranger- Appropriate for children under the age of 8.
  • Advanced Junior Ranger- Appropriate for anyone 8 and older.
Books are available at Rock Creek Park visitor centers or through the mail.


Scout Ranger Program

Boy Scout Ranger Resource Stewardship Patch next to the Girl Scout Ranger Stewardship Patch
Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger patches for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts


Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites, or design their own experiences or projects to align with Journey work, badge activities, or a Take Action or Highest Award project. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger Program

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to participate in educational and/or volunteer service projects at national park sites to spark awareness of national parks and to provide Scouts with the opportunity to explore the national parks and learn more about protecting our natural and cultural resources. Scouts are awarded certificates and/or patches for participating in the program.

Scouts may work on these programs individually or as part of a pack or troop. Service projects can be arranged by contacting the Rock Creek Park Volunteer Coordinator.


Other Youth Programs

Every Kid in a Park pass
4th Grade Pass


Every Kid Outdoors

Every Kid Outdoors is designed to get fourth graders to experience the outdoors through their public spaces. part of the initiative is a free pass for the kids to help them explore and learn.

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Kids in Parks- TRACK Trails

Designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature as well as the benefits of outdoor exercise, the Rock Creek Park TRACK Trail runs for one mile (two miles, out and back) on the paved, multi-use trail paralleling Rock Creek between Broad Branch Road and Porter Street. Four different TRACK Trail brochures may be picked up at the trailheads. For more information visit the Rock Creek Park TRACK Trails page.

Last updated: January 24, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

5200 Glover Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


202 895-6000
Rock Creek Park's main phone line.

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