Junior Rangers Web Quest Ages 9 and Up

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Junior Ranger Day!

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Complete five of the following activities to become a Junior Ranger at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park!

  • While on a ship, sailors needed to know many different knots to do their work properly and safely. Learn how to tie two basic knots with Ranger Chris in the videos at the bottom of the page!

  • Did you recognize the ship Ranger Chris was on? That’s right! It’s our very own Balclutha. Learn more about Balclutha or one of our other ships by clicking this link.

  • Did you know there are ships under your feet in San Francisco? Learn more about them with our friends Kami and Elliot in this short video! Finished watching? Check out this fun word search with a friend or parent on our Facebook event page!

  • The stories of our vessels aren’t the only ones we preserve in the park. Follow this link to choose a person from maritime history and learn about their life!

  • Ships sometimes carried plants as cargo from place to place across water. But did you know that ships accidentally carried plants through the water too? Learn about how this unintentional cargo affects our lands and waters today by clicking this link!

  • Sailors had to work together to keep their ships moving safely through the water. Music, especially songs called chanteys, helped them stay in tune with each other and the job. Listen to Ranger Peter sing one of his favorite chanteys. Now it’s your turn! Add a new rhyming verse to “Oh! California” using this Chantey worksheet!

  • Ships have helped us get around for thousands of years, but art and music can help us travel to magical places while standing still. Enjoy these coloring pages on our Facebook event page inspired by the artwork in our park’s Maritime Museum, which was originally built in the 1930s!

Congratulations! You've started the journey of a lifetime--getting to know and care for your public lands and waters. Join one of our rangers in reciting the junior ranger pledge!

Grab your special web-only Junior Ranger prize!

Don’t forget, if you send your completed activities and a self-addressed envelope, we’ll mail you a Junior Ranger Badge!


Last updated: April 26, 2023

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