Be A Junior Ranger

Become a Junior Ranger! Find an online schedule of interpretive programs, including special junior ranger programs, on our calendar, in the NPS app, or in the Yosemite Guide newspaper.

Cover of Junior Ranger book which includes animal drawings, people exploring, Half Dome, and trees and flowers.

Become a Junior Ranger!

You can become a Yosemite Junior Ranger by taking a self-guided handbook with you as you travel around the park and complete the activities that are the best fit for you. The Yosemite Junior Ranger handbook is available for free at visitor centers. When you are done, share your booklet with a park ranger at any Yosemite visitor center during operating hours to receive your badge.

Cover of guidebooks with Spanish titles

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.”


Adapted Activities Companion Guide

All children can become Yosemite Junior Rangers with a little help! In this free, 14-page companion to the new Junior Ranger Handbook [1.5 MB PDF], junior ranger activities have been adapted for children with diverse communication, learning, motor and/or sensory needs, who have difficulty using speech or writing implements.

Wooden junior ranger badge

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.
  • 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.

Last updated: April 22, 2022

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