Be a B.A.R.K. Ranger

Woman and her dog listen to a park ranger.
Ranger led programs let you know what you can do with your pet and what to watch for.

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National parks are exciting places for pets to visit with their family while on vacation. Sometimes these new places can be so exciting as to be overstimulating. Join these events to learn how to have a positive experience with your pet in unfamiliar environments. Learn the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a safe and fun visit anytime you go to a national park. This program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative. B.A.R.K. stands for:

  • Bag your pet’s waste
  • Always leash your pet
  • Respect wildlife
  • Know where you can go

Bark Ranger programs are uniquely designed by each park for visitors and their pets to that park experience. Some parks have a walk with a ranger program. Some have a pledge you take with your pet. Others are on the honor system that will will simple follow B.A.R.K. principles above when you visit.

Scroll down to discover B.A. R. K. Ranger programs.

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    Last updated: April 12, 2023