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.
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 your 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).
Last updated: March 22, 2021