National Junior Ranger Day

A ranger and a young visitor dressed up like a ranger at National Junior Ranger Day in Shenandoah.

NPS | John F. Mitchell

What is it?
Have you ever put your hand in a bear's footprint? Have you ever tried on a ranger hat? Now you have a chance!

Shenandoah National Park has some special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day. The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship.

Most programs are available for children of all ages. Special "Junior Ranger Day" certificates and patches will be available

When is it?
April 23rd 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Schedule of Events

Where is it?
Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted.

How much is it?
This event is entirely free, including free entry to the park due to National Park Week.
For more information about fees and fee free days click here.

National Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 16-24, 2016. Special programs are being held at national parks around the country. Check out what other parks are doing by going here.

Schedule of Events
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Both Dickey Ridge (mile 4.6) and Byrd (mile 51) visitor centers are open. Here you'll find exhibits and information.

Both Visitor Centers
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Touch Table - Get a feel for nature's diversity.
Uniform Try - On Station for Kids - Suit up and imagine being a national park ranger!
Indoor Scavenger Hunt - Look for clues to answer fun questions about the park.

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Bells and Whistles!

Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.

10:30 to 11 a.m. The Wild Side of Shenandoah.
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah's amazing animals.A

2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Fox Hollow Trail Hike.
Explore a natural world of forest and flowers while discovering the story of people who lived and farmed here years ago. 1.2 mile.

Byrd Visitor Center
10:00 to 10:30 a.m. Owl Be Seeing You!
Meet a live eastern screech owl and learn about the role owls play in our ecosystem. Meet at Big Meadows amphitheater, in picnic area. A, AL

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bells and Whistles!
Get a close-up view of the variety of equipment that law enforcement rangers use to keep you safe.

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. The Wild Side of Shenandoah
Join a park ranger for a short talk about one of Shenandoah's amazing animals. A, AL

1:30-3:00 p.m. More Bells and Whistles!Check out our fire truck and join a firefighter holding the business end of a working fire hose.

1:30-2:30 p.m. "John Muir - University of the Wilderness"Join us for this special Centennial music event featuring Ed Willet and original "nature forged" chamber music for voice, cello, violin, and percussion, inspired by the writings of John Muir. Byrd Visitor Center Auditorium, A

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Junior Ranger Program
Discover Shenandoah at this hands-on program designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile walk. AL


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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500
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