The Junior Ranger Challenge program is a series of challenges for kids to work on with their families, or classmates and teachers. Kids can earn prizes, including a Junior Ranger sticker.
Two Easy Steps1. Complete as many challenges as you can. It's more important to do your best work than to complete every challenge. Parents, teachers, even older brothers and sisters - we expect you to help out the Junior Ranger. Teamwork is awesome!
2. Once you have completed as many activities as you can, email the Junior Ranger Challenge program to unlock a special challenge and receive activity sheets to print at home. If you would also like to receive a junior ranger sticker in the mail, please include a mailing address in the body of your email. (NOTE: Participants will receive junior ranger stickers, not badges.)
The Junior Ranger Challenge program is designed for children ages 8 through 12 and their families and teachers.
Frequently Asked QuestionsCan I earn a Junior Ranger badge?
No. But, you can earn a Junior Ranger sticker and some fun activity pages.
Is it okay if someone helps me with the challenges?
Yes! We encourage you to ask your whole family for help. You can also ask your teachers and classmates. As a ranger, you will often work with others on a team.
Can I submit photos of my work for the Junior Ranger Challenge Photo Gallery?
Yes! It will help out others as they work through the challenges. You can put your first name and age on the work, if you want to. We will NOT post any photos that include a last name, address, or phone number.
How do I submit photos of my work for the Junior Ranger Challenge Photo Gallery?
Take pictures of your work or scan your work and email the images to LearnTeach@nps.gov. Or, you can mail your work to:
Junior Ranger Challenge Program
Thaddeus Kosciuszko NM
c/o Independence NHP
143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Do I have to wait till I complete all the challenges to submit my photos?
No, submit photos of your work whenever you'd like.
Do any other national parks have a Junior Ranger Challenge program?
Yes! Check out the Mission Ranger challenges at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and at Independence National Historical Park.
Is it the same reward for all the Junior Ranger Challenge programs?
What is the reward?
You will receive (via email to print at home) some fun activity sheets. You will get a Junior Ranger sticker mailed to your home or school. *NOTE: You will not receive a Junior Ranger badge.
Can grown-ups participate?
This program is for children, but will require a family effort. Grown-ups looking for ranger jobs should apply online at usajobs.gov.
Last updated: October 24, 2019