Junior Cave Scientist Program

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We are looking for young speleologists to become junior rangers. In the Junior Cave Scientist activity book, you will explore the fascinating and fragile underground world of caves, learn about the National Park System, and complete fun educational activities. Participants who complete the booklet will earn a badge, a certificate, and the rank of Junior Cave Scientist.
EXPLORE magnificent and beautiful caves. You will find an amazing underground world just beneath your feet!
LEARN about caves and karst systems and the work that cave scientists do.
PROTECT our national parks and the things that make caves and karst areas special.

Download the Junior Cave Scientist Activity Booklet:
NOTE: This is a publication of the National Park Service. It contains copyrighted material, and is being made available in this format exclusively for non-commercial educational purposes.
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To request materials for classroom use, please contact us.

If you would like to receive a Junior Cave Scientist badge, you can have a ranger at a participating park review your book and award your badge. If you are not at a participating park, please mail the completed booklet with your return address to:

Limaris Soto
NPS Geologic Resources Division
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225

The Junior Cave Scientist Program is a part of the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program. The goal of the Junior Ranger Program is to connect young people to their national parks through a variety of in-park activities that are designed to introduce them to the national park system and cultivate future generations of park stewards. Programs range from simple scavenger hunts for younger children, to multi-day ranger-led activities. Over 200 National Park Service areas currently have Junior Ranger programs. To learn more about NPS Junior Ranger programs, visit https://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm. The NPS WebRanger program is an online Junior Ranger program.