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Kids earn their Junior Ranger badges


Junior Rangers at the Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is looking for special Junior Rangers. To earn a Junior Ranger badge, you must complete five of the activities found in the activity book. Come to the park and receive a booklet or visit this link to download a copy. Complete five activities and mail the booklet to the preserve. The rangers will check your work and mail the booklet back to you, along with an official Junior Ranger badge.

Visit the preserve in person or virtually to earn your badge and become an official Junior Ranger today!

More Junior Ranger Fun Can Be Found Here

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Resource Stewards Boy Scout and Girl Scout Programs

Help the parks and learn how you can receive these great patches and certificates.

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Leave No Trace Patch
Leave No Trace Scavenger Hunt

Practice the seven principles of Leave No Trace as you locate some of the natural and cultural resources of the prairie and the ranch. Come to the visitor center to pick up a Scavenger Hunt page then go exploring. Write down where you find the items, leaving them in place for future visitors to enjoy as well. When you are done, bring back your completed page to the rangers and they will award you with a great Leave No Trace patch. When exploring, practice the seven principles and leave no trace of your visit.

Learn More about Leave No Trace

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors
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Activity Booklet for Jr. Paleontologist


Become a Junior Paleontologist

EXPLORE the ways that paleontologists work, and the methods and tools they use to understand ancient life.
LEARN about Earth's history, ancient plants and animals, and changes to past climate and environments.
PROTECT our national parks, including fossils and the rocks in which they are found.

Visit the Junior Paleontologist website to download your booklet today.

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Download one of these coloring pages for more prairie fun
Kid's Coloring Pages to Download
Each link below opens in a new page with the image ready to print full size 8 1/2 by 11 inches.

Deer Mouse and Pocket Gopher

Badger and White-tailed Deer

Rattlesnake and Coyote

Cottontail Rabbit and Fox

Spiderwort and Sunflower

Wild Rose and Lead Plant

Wild Bergamont and Purple Coneflower

Yellow Coneflower and Black-eyed Susan

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Photo of trash on a landscape. Students at Amanda Arnold Elem. School are raising awareness for a cleaner community

Kids Making a Difference in the World They Live -

Students at Amanda Arnold Elementary School put together a website showing the differences in their communities, rural and college town. Visit their website to learn more about their project.

Last updated: February 4, 2019

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