National Junior Ranger Day

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Junior Ranger Day at Pipestone National Monument


The National Park Service Junior Ranger program is a great way to get to know national parks. Fun activies for the whole family help you connect to parks and their stories.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

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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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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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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Find a Junior Ranger Day Event

Use the calendar below to view Junior Ranger Day programs at any of the more than 400 national parks around the country. Remember to check ahead for trip planning information and to recreate responsibly for a safe visit.

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Want to volunteer? Volunteer events will soon display directly on the NPS Event Calendar. Until then, visit to find ways to volunteer!

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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.

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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.

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Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer

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

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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 9, 2024