Be A Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger or Little Cub! Find an online schedule of interpretive programs, including special Junior Ranger programs, in the Yosemite Guide newspaper.
Junior Ranger handbook

Be a Junior Ranger (ages 7-13)!

You can become a Yosemite Junior Ranger by purchasing a self-guided booklet published by the Yosemite Conservancy. This booklet is sold for $3.50 plus tax at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Nature Center at Happy Isles (May through September), and Wawona and Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Centers (June through September), and Big Oak Flat Information Station (May through September). In order to earn a Junior Ranger patch, the booklet must be completed, a bag of trash collected, and a guided program attended.

Little Cub handbook
Be a Little Cub (ages 3-6)!
Yosemite has a program for YOU! Little Cubs is a self-guided booklet that encourages our young visitors and their families to discover Yosemite ’s wonders and to earn a Little Cubs button.This booklet (published by the Yosemite Conservancy) is sold for $3 plus tax in the Nature Center at Happy Isles,Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Centers, and the Big Oak Flat Information Station.
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Sea un Joven Guardaparque

Presentando una guía en español que se llama “Manual para Jóvenes Guardaparques.” Por favor visiten un centro de visitantes del parque para recoger su ejemplar. Esta guía tiene actividades para niños de 7 a 13 años. Una otra guía, “Manual para Niños Exploradores,” es para niños pequeños de 3 a 6 años. Todos los niños que completan los manuales recibirán como obsequio un escudo de “Joven Guardaparque de Yosemite.”

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More Yosemite-Related Links

  • Did you know Yosemite is a World Heritage Site? Learn more with the online World Heritage Junior Ranger program with its mascot Wally, the Wild Heritage Wolf.
  • Discover Yosemite is an "interactive classroom" website with lots of information--Yosemite at a Glance, Yosemite in Depth, teacher resources and the Discovery Center.
  • The Wildlink program brings culturally diverse students from your school to the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada on WildLink expeditions.
  • NatureBridge offers multi-day educational programs for youth and all ages. Categories include: adventure programs, creative arts, family field seminars, field seminars, K-12 school program, teacher training, university/college field semesters, wilderness medicine, youth camps, and custom programs.

Junior Ranger Activities to Do from Home

To learn more about national parks, check out these offerings from the National Park Service:

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  • WebRangers - Become a WebRanger online. Enjoy this national web-based program where you can learn about national parks all over the country! Play more than 50 games! Sign up to get your own "Ranger Station." And, challenge yourself 52 times a year to answer the "Question of the Week."

Last updated: October 10, 2017

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