Riverway Junior Ranger

Three new Jr Rangers hold their certificates and badges.
You can earn a junior ranger badge and certificate.


Are You the Next Riverway Junior Ranger?

"Explore, Learn, and Protect!" The Junior Ranger motto is declared often at the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway to encourage youth to explore, learn, and protect their national park. To earn a badge and become a Riverway Junior Ranger, pick up a booklet at either of the two park visitor centers: Namekagon River and St. Croix River.

Completing the activities will take time and so we encourage you to explore and learn about the Riverway by exploring this website and visiting park rangers at the Riverway Visitor Centers.


Not Available to Visit?

Start earning your badge virtually by downloading the Riverway Junior Ranger Booklet, completing the activities, and take part in two ranger-led video programs.

We have four ranger-led videos available for you to choose from (see below).
Please note: the Riverway Junior Ranger video is required to watch.


After completing the activities in the junior ranger booklet and watching two videos, you will have completed the requirements to become a St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Junior Ranger! Please mail your completed booklet to the St. Croix River Visitor Center and we will send you your badge and your completed booklet.

Mail your completed booklet to:

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Attn: Junior Ranger Program
401 North Hamilton Street
St Croix Falls, WI 54024

You can also scan your completed booklet and send it to SACN_Info@nps.gov to receive your badge. Please include your full name and mailing address in your reply.

Two young boys using binoculars to look over the St. Croix River.
Two young boys using binoculars to look over the St. Croix River.

NPS Photo

Additional Resources

An image of the St. Croix Riverway Junior Ranger Badge, embossed with a dragonfly.

Jump-start Activities

Participate in a Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Download the Scavenger Hunt pictured below, and draw, photograph and find as many of these nine items as you can. These can be found at the park, in your backyard, in books, on National Park websites (including this one!), or you can use photos you've already taken. Once completed post your images on your Facebook page and tag #ShareMyStCroix or #ShareMyNamekagon to share your results!

A list of items to find: a Waterfowl, Draw a Picture of a River, Photograph Your Favorite Outdoor Activity, Your Favorite Tree, a Trailhead, and a Flower; Find an Invasive Species, evidence of wildlife, and litter (pick it up if you have gloves).

Last updated: February 23, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

401 North Hamilton Street
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


(715) 483-2274

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