Junior Ranger Night Explorers

The Ursa Major constellation (the bear) is featured on this illustration of the Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch.
The National Park Service has developed a Junior Ranger Night Explorer program, encouraging young park visitors to explore the dark side of their national parks.

Children can learn how to find the North Star, write their own creative mythology about the constellations, track the phases of the moon, learn about stars and galaxies, and use all their senses to explore the night environment at a national park.


An explorer's activity guide is free and available in a number of national parks, or you can download and print your own copy.
Junior Ranger Night Explorer activity guide for ages 5 to 12

Last updated: September 14, 2016