Be A Junior Ranger

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Junior Rangers care about our national parks. Their mission is to explore, learn, and protect our nation's parks for future generations, and have fun while doing it!

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What is a Junior Ranger?

Junior Rangers help to preserve Steamtown National Historic Site (and other National Parks) by: exploring the parks they visit, learning fun facts along the way, and taking an oath to protect the parks for future generations. Junior Rangers serve as ambassadors to the National Parks by sharing what they learn with their friends, families, and classmates.

How can you become a Junior Ranger?

To become a Junior Ranger at Steamtown National Historic Site, stop by the information kiosk and ask for your free book. Note: Due to COVID-19, and for everyone's safety, all Junior Ranger books (and badges) will be provided in a small bag. Once you have completed the activities you can either bring it back to the kiosk or find a Park Ranger to check your work!

photo of every Junior Ranger book Steamtown has to offer
Steamtown NHS has a Junior Ranger book for everyone!

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Junior Ranger Books

Whether you are 3 or 130, there is a Junior Ranger book for you!

  • 5 and under
  • 6-8 years old
  • 9-12 years old
  • 13 and older

Activities in the books range from word searches to archeological digs to interacting with our exhibits! Can't wait to get back to the park and start the program? Send us an email with the books you would like and we can mail them to you.

Puedes elegir entre los siguientes libros:

  • 5 y para abajo
  • 6-8 años
  • 9-12 años
  • 13 años o más

Las actividades en los libros contienen búsquedas de palabras, excavaciones arqueológicas e interacción con nuestras exhibiciones. Cuando entregan su libro completo de Junior Ranger, le daremos un certificado y una placa de Junior Ranger. ¿No puede esperar para llegar al parque y comenzar el programa? Envíenos un correo electrónico con cual(es) libro(s) desea y lo enviaremos.


Junior Ranger Railroad Explorer

Did you know that before the transcontinental railroad, it took four to six months to cross the United States? This is just one of the many fun facts you can learn as you become a Railroad Explorer!

Steamtown National Historic Site is one of the few parks to carry this special Junior Ranger activity book. If you are visiting Steamtown, you can ask a ranger at the information kiosk for your copy of the book. Unable to visit us in person? Not to worry! The book is available for download by clicking the "Railroad Explorer" image below, or by visiting the Junior Ranger Railroad Explorer page.


More Junior Ranger Opportunities

  • Image of the cover of the railroad junior ranger activity. Shows illustration of train at a station.

    Railroad Explorer

    Learn about the transcontinental railroad, which helped link the United States from coast to coast.

  • Image of the cover of the Network to Freedom activity book. Discovering the underground railroad

    Network to Freedom

    The history of the Underground Railroad is a story of human courage, endurance, and the belief of individual freedom.

  • Image of the cover of sounds activity book. Illustration of 3 kids gesturing to listen

    Exploring Sound

    Explore sounds you hear in parks. Learn the science and importance of sound. Protect sounds you hear in parks and at home.

  • Image of the cover of the Junior Archeologist activity. Shows child with gloves and trowel in dirt

    Junior Archeologist

    What is archeology? What do archeologists do? Are you curious about uncovering mysteries of the past?

  • vibrant colored steam engine moving on track with a field and mountains in the distance

    Golden Spike Junior Ranger

    Explore Golden Spike National Historical Park in Utah and learn about the transcontinental railroad.

  • Image of a tablet with an activity loaded on the screen. A photo of a badge on the right

    Junior Ranger Online

    Explore online activities, virtual tours, and more. Check back often as parks across the country add new virtual activities.

Last updated: July 29, 2022

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