National Junior Ranger Day

Pile of Junior Ranger badges

Courtesy of Kate Ter Haar

The Junior Ranger program is a great way to explore national parks. You can learn about nature sounds, night skies, or even the Transcontinental Railroad! You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

No matter what age you are, you are invited to explore, learn, and protect on National Junior Ranger Day. You can participate in the Junior Ranger program year-round and join this one-day celebration that is part of the annual National Park Week.

Here are a couple of ways you can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day:

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Kids Portal

Explore resources for kids of all ages to do at home or in a park to learn more about nature, history, and culture in parks.

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Junior Ranger Programs

Find in-park and online opportunities to earn Junior Ranger badges while learning about nature, history, and ways to play in parks.

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Junior Cave Scientist Program

We are looking for young speleologists to become Junior Rangers by exploring the underground worlds beneath our feet.

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Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!

Reel in your Junior Ranger Angler status learning about fishing and preserving fish habitats.

Illustration of kids and rangers looking at fossils in a desert or a Junior Ranger book

Junior Paleontologist

Investigate prehistoric life as a Junior Paleontologist looking at fossils in national parks.

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Junior Ranger Night Explorers

Lights out for an adventure exploring the night sky! Learn about constellations, planets, galaxies, and more.

Illustration of kids running in nature near a pond with animals making noises

Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer

Listen up to hear the sounds all around in nature. What interesting things will you hear as you explore sounds.

Illustration of a turtle entering a maze activity

Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer

Take a dive to explore an underwater world and learn what you can do to protect everything that lives there.

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    Last updated: April 19, 2023