Explore as a Young Scientist

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Kids 5 and older can become Young Scientists when visiting Yellowstone National Park. Start by requesting a self-guiding booklet at the Canyon Visitor Education Center or Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

Designed to serve three different age groups, the program coaches the young (and young at heart) to solve science mysteries by combining investigation in both visitor center and field settings. The program for 5–9 year olds is offered only at the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center.

Once your investigation is complete, you will be awarded an official Young Scientist patch (ages 5–13) or key chain (ages 14+).

Development of this program was funded by the National Science Foundation through a generous grant to Yellowstone Forever.


Sneak Peak: Available at Canyon


Sneak Peak: Available at Old Faithful

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Kids & Youth

There's no better place in the world to be a kid than Yellowstone National Park! Find out why.

Become a junior ranger of Yellowstone National Park.
Become a Junior Ranger

Now available to download for completing at home, this is a great way to experience Yellowstone National Park for you and your family.

Last updated: February 7, 2024

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