Junior Ranger Program at Hopewell Culture NHP

Calling all kids! Ever wonder about the people who built the mounds? What did they eat? Where did they live? How do we know about these people that lived 2,000 years ago? Answers to these questions can be found by participating in the park's Junior Ranger program.

Any child can become a Junior Ranger by answering questions in a booklet available at the Mound City Group Visitor Center. Answers can be found in the park's brochure, video, museum, and interpretive signs in the mound area and along trails. Upon completion of the activities, bring the booklet back to the Visitor Center and be awarded a Hopewell Culture Junior Ranger badge!

Once children have acheived the Junior Ranger badge, ask about our Junior Archeologist booklet to extend your child's knowledge of the Hopewell culture, archeology and our national parks! Children will earn a Junior Archeologist badge.

While the Junior Ranger program may be tailored for children of specific ages, we encourage visitors of all ages to participate in the program to expand their Hopewellian knowledge! Just ask a Ranger for your booklet during your visit.

Visit the park's Junior Ranger page to learn more about becoming a Junior Ranger and to learn about the additional Junior Ranger programs available.


Duration depends on level of interest and involvement from family members.

The Jr. Ranger program was developed for children ages 5 to 16, but we encourage visitors of ALL ages to participate in this fun, family activity.

Pets are always allowed in the park, as long as they are leashed and in control at all times.  Pets are not allowed in the visitor center, unless they are certified guide dogs.  Owners are responsible to pick up pet's poop and dispose of properly.

This is a free activity to participate in.

Begin the program by acquiring a Jr. Ranger booklet at the visitor center at Mound City Group.  Located on State Route 104, this is the park's only vistor center.

No reservations required

The program can be completed at any time, but the park's visitor center hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), and the grounds are open sunrise to sunset every day of the year.

Accessibility Information

Mound City Group Visitor Center:

  • Parking: Two spaces available, closest to building
  • Entrance: Front and side doors to visitor center open outwards, manually operated.
  • Trails: Paved from parking lot area, flat surface. One paved sidewalk, slight decline when walking towards the nature trail and mound enclosure area. Nature trail covered with mulch and pebbled dirt on north side of enclosure, south side of trail is grassy and flat.
  • Restrooms: Men's and Women's both wheelchair accessible with wall-mounted baby changing stations in both.
  • Water: Water fountains located inside visitor center between restrooms and one located outside off of parking lot sidewalk (outside fountain is shut off in winter).
  • No pay phones
  • Benches and picnic tables: Provided around the outside of visitor center building, including a few wheelchair-friendly picnic tables.
  • Exhibits: Artifacts on display in glass cases, visually and physically available from a wheelchair. Bench and interactive kiosk in rear of museum are wheelchair friendly. Exit doors from museum to paved patio are manually operated.
  • Mobility-Impaired: One All-Terrain wheelchair is available for first come, first serve use. Wheels have deep, oversize tread to help with traction on mulch, dirt and grass trails. Availability of All-Terrain wheelchair is during normal visitor center operating hours.

Last updated: January 18, 2017