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Earn a Junior Ranger Badge

Kids raising their hands to earn a junior ranger badge.

Are you interested in learning more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area? Did you know that our park has many different resources, including historical artifacts, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities? Learn about the resources within our park by participating in our Junior Ranger Program! This program helps visitors of all ages learn more about the Twin Cities’ own National Park Unit!  

The activities and information included in our program apply to anyone with an interest in the park. This includes areas of interest such as historic communities, the rise of the milling industry in Minneapolis, river recreation opportunities, geology, and much more!  Becoming a Junior Ranger for our park means learning more about the history, resources, and communities within the 72 mile stretch of the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. 

Junior Rangers help our park rangers by learning about the park and sharing what they’ve learned with others, exploring the park, and by helping to protect its resources.  You can pick up a free Junior Ranger Booklet at our visitor center, which is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota. There are several general Junior Ranger Booklets available upon request, relating to activities within our park, such as fishing, underwater exploration, and even paleontology! Upon completion of any of the booklets, please visit the Mississippi River Visitor Center to receive your booklet-specific badge! You can also work on digital versions of Junior Ranger books like Let’s Go Fishing!Underwater ExplorerHistoric Preservation, and Paleontology

Too busy exploring the park to come back to the Visitor Center? No problem! You can mail your book to the park. You can also contact us via email if you would like to send a scanned copy OR photos of your hard work. Once the form is submitted, a ranger will reply via email, and then you can attach a file.
10-15 Minutes
Junior Ranger Program
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located in the lobby of the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Parking is available at the Museum's parking garage on Chestnut Street and MetroTransit has bus stops on many different routes converging in downtown St. Paul within a few blocks of the Visitor Center.

  • Walk-up address: 120 Kellogg Blvd West, St. Paul, MN 55102

  • Parking address: 198 N Chestnut St, St Paul, MN 55102

Year Round
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Accessibility Information
Junior Ranger activities at the Mississippi River Visitor Center include audio descriptions and all activity locations are accessible within the visitor center. 

Mississippi National River & Recreation Area

Last updated: September 30, 2022