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.
We don't care what age you are—just "explore, learn, and protect" your national parks online and become an official Junior Ranger! Look for the virtual badges you can print out and post on your refrigerator.
The NPS Kids Portal is where to start your virtual national park experience and participate in fun activities and special online programs for the whole family. Check out online and printable activities along with virtual tours, videos, and webcams from national parks all across the country.
Virtual Concert & Junior Ranger Swearing In Ceremony
The image includes a portrait of Secretary Deb Haaland and the National Park Service arrowhead logo.
The United States Army Field Band will present a live virtual National Park Week/Junior Ranger Day concert at 7 pm on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The program will be shared on the US Army Field Band Facebook and the National Park Service Facebook pages. The event will feature remarks by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and National Park Service Deputy Director Shawn Benge. The Secretary will also lead a virtual junior ranger swearing in ceremony for kids watching the concert.
How can you be involved? This week, complete as many activities from one of our junior ranger books, then tune in on Saturday night for the virtual junior ranger swearing in ceremony hosted by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
Connected ConservationNature across the planet is all connected so we all have to work together across boundaries to protect things like plants, animals, waterways, and other natural resources. Like a bird in your backyard may migrate through a national park during the year. Or fish in the river near you may end up at a national seashore. As a Junior Ranger Explorer, learn more about nature and what you can do to be part of a planetwide conservation team.
Junior Cave Scientist Program
We are looking for young speleologists to become Junior Rangers by exploring the underground worlds beneath our feet.
Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!
Reel in your Junior Ranger Angler status learning about fishing and preserving fish habitats.
Investigate prehistoric life as a Junior Paleontologist looking at fossils in national parks.
Junior Ranger Night Explorers
Lights out for an adventure exploring the night sky! Learn about constellations, planets, galaxies, and more.
Junior Ranger Sounds Explorer
Listen up to hear the sounds all around in nature. What interesting things will you hear as you explore sounds.
Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer
Take a dive to explore an underwater world and learn what you can do to protect everything that lives there.
Find an Event
Set the calendar to April to find in-person and virtual Junior Ranger programs during National Park Week (April 17-25, 2021) 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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Last updated: April 22, 2021