Be A Junior Ranger

A young visitor wearing a red Junior Ranger hat and patches, sits in the grass of Big Meadows working on her Junior Ranger book.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a national park ranger? Find out for yourself by becoming a Junior Ranger! At Shenandoah, you can join a ranger to learn about the resources they are responsible for protecting: plants, lichens, deer, historic home sites, peregrine falcons, habitats, trees, streams, rocks, bugs, and more.

During spring, summer and fall, park rangers conduct regularly scheduled Junior Ranger programs. You can explore an amazing area with a ranger and take part in fun hands-on activities. These programs are designed for children ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. See the ranger program schedule for specific days, times, and meeting places.

 
Shenandoah National Park Junior Range Book

Going on a hike or walk with a Ranger is just the beginning! Our Junior Ranger Activity Booklet (geared toward ages 7-12) is loaded with fun activities that help you really get to know the park. Besides having lots of fun, you can earn a Junior Ranger badge. You can pick up you free Junior Ranger booklet at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51), Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Park Headquarters (Route 211 east of Luray), or download the Junior Ranger booklet (pdf 2.9 mb). To earn a Junior Ranger badge complete the first page of the booklet plus any other five activities and attend one Ranger program. Have fun completing the activities during your adventure in Shenandoah National Park.

If you are 13 years of age or older, check out our Ranger Explorer Program. These activities are done on your own or with your family. Besides learning more about the park, you have the opportunity to earn a patch for your hard work.

Each April the entire National Park Service celebrates our younger visitors with National Junior Ranger Day. Learn more about Junior Ranger Day.

Last updated: June 23, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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