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Become a Wind Cave Junior Ranger

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Kids of all ages can participate in the Junior Ranger program.

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The Junior Ranger Program is an exciting opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the park. Learn about the park's ecosystems, the cave, animals, and how to protect all parts of our environment.
20-45 Minutes
Junior Ranger Program
Pets are prohibited in the Wind Cave Visitor Center, however, service animals are allowed. Emotional support animals are not service animals and are not allowed in the visitor center.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Year Round
Accessibility Information
Both the online and printable Wind Cave Junior Ranger activity books are able to be read by screenreaders.

Wind Cave National Park

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Become a Junior Ranger

Pick up a booklet at the visitor center. To earn the badge, complete the Learn with a Ranger activity on the first page by attending a ranger program. This can be a cave tour, campfire program, or discovery talk. Viewing the park film also counts toward this activity.

After completing the Learn with a Ranger activity, each age group requires a certain number of activities to be completed in the book. You may choose any activities you want. Return your completed book to the ranger at the visitor center desk and take the pledge to earn your badge.

Become a Junior Ranger from Home

Not visiting the park? No problem! This online version has activities that can be completed anywhere, including right from where you live. Just print, complete, and mail it in. A ranger will review your work and return it to you with a badge.

Last updated: October 4, 2021