Be A Junior Ranger

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You can earn a junior ranger badge and certificate.


Are you the next Riverway Junior Ranger?

"Explore, Learn, and Protect" is the motto of junior rangers in national parks. You can become a Riverway Junior Ranger by completing activities in a junior ranger booklet that help you explore, learn, and protect the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers. The activities are meant for kids 8-12 years old and younger kids can be assisted.

Do a life jacket activity and pick up a booklet at the St. Croix River Visitor Center or the Namekagon River Visitor Center, or download the booklet. You will earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate for completing activities.
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Junior Ranger Programs

Join a park ranger and volunteers to participate in junior ranger activities for young junior rangers, ages 4-8, and junior rangers, ages 8-12. Learn how to use technology (binoculars, hand lenses, dip nets, and gps units) to observe nature at the Riverway. Dress up as a lumberjack and use one of their tools. These programs are offered regularly throughout the summer. See the park calendar for specific dates and locations.

Check out a Discovery Backpack
You can check out a backpack from one of the visitor centers filled with gear to explore the park. Hike a nearby trail with binoculars and a guidebook for beginning birders. Capture something small to look at in a bug box. Record what you see on a checklist of common animals for the park.

Web Rangers & More
Visit the National Park Service junior ranger page. You will find an online version of junior ranger activities called Web Rangers and junior ranger booklets for other national park topics such as bats and national park fossils.

Last updated: February 1, 2018

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