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Become a Junior Paleontologist

cartoon rangers and children explore a field of fossils.

Calling fossil-lovers of all ages! If you love paleontology and the National Park Service units that preserve them, become a Junior Paleontologist! Complete an activity booklet, learning all about fossils and having some fun along the way, to earn your Junior Paleontologist badge.

Ask a ranger at any fossil park you’re visiting for your Junior Paleontologist booklet. If you’d like to get a head start before you arrive or you are completing your booklet at home, you can download and print a PDF of the booklet. Once your booklet is finished, check back in with a ranger at your park or mail your booklet back to the park to earn your Junior Paleontologist badge! Have fun out there!

20-60 Minutes
Junior Ranger Program
Please check with the National Park Service site you're visiting and inquire about bringing your pet on your trip.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Year Round
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
Please let a ranger at your park know if you need accommodations for Junior Paleontologists with varying abilities.
a cartoon representation of children, paleontologists, and fossils in a badlands environment.
Become a Junior Paleontologist of the National Park Service!

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Last updated: September 20, 2020