Junior Ranger Program
Although the program is focused on the 6-12 age range, visitors of all ages can participate in a Junior Ranger activity when visiting the park. While taking a guided tour of the home the visitors answer questions in the park's Jr. Ranger activity book. Upon completion, Jr. Ranger cadets will receive a badge and certificate. To get started, ask a ranger when you visit the park!
Scroll down to find additional ways to become Junior Rangers in the National Park Service.
Virtual Junior Ranger
Background About William
William Howard Taft was born September 15th, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alphonso and Louise Taft. William was one of six children. His siblings include Charles, Peter, Henry, Horace and Fanny. After graduating from Yale college in Connecticut, William served in many government positions including assistant district attorney, solicitor general, governor of the Philippines & Secretary of War.
Additional Junior Ranger Options
Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer
To commemorate the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse, the National Park Service has partnered with the Planetary Society to bring you the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer program. The fun-filled Eclipse Explorer booklet is loaded with interesting eclipse information and activities that will engage kids and teach them about the sun and the moon.
To get started, simply download the booklet and then print it out. The booklet is laid out in three separate age/skill levels. Choose the appropriate level (found on page 2), complete the activities and then take it to a participating NPS park or mail it in to a participating park to receive a Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger badge! When you finish your booklet, you can mail us your completed booklet and we'll be happy to send your badge and ranger-signed booklet to you (while badge supplies last).
Many NPS sites are participating in this unique Jr. Ranger program, but please call the park you are going to visit and inquire if they have Eclipse Jr. Ranger badges available. The booklet and the badge are a limited edition, so once supplies run out, they are gone at least until the next U.S. total solar eclipse in 2024!
Download the Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger booklet (PDF - 22MB)
NPS Centennial Junior Ranger
Enjoy this activity by yourself, with friends or with your family! Be sure to visit one of the nation's 400+ National Park Service sites and commemorate 100 years of service!
Download the booklet (PDF - 3.6 MB)
Last updated: June 24, 2020