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All You Need To Know About Becoming A Junior Ranger!

How to Become a Junior Ranger by Visiting National Parks or Online!


National Park Service offers a Junior Ranger Program for children between the ages of 5 and 13, and we want to tell you all about it! In this article, you will find out how to help your kids become a junior ranger, obtain a junior ranger certificate, find National Parks, and more!


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Junior Ranger Program


The Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program conducted in almost all parks. A Junior Ranger takes an oath to protect parks, learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. The Junior Rangers complete a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate.


The program’s objectives are to encourage children to explore, learn, and protect National Parks. The program assists children in developing an appreciation of our cultural and natural resources and kindle in the child a desire to explore, learn and protect our heritage.





How To Obtain A Junior Ranger Certificate


At each park your child visits, they are required to show an interest in the program, pick up a free booklet at the visitor center, and complete the pages within their age group. Your kid needs to return the booklet to the staff person or the park ranger on duty to be checked and certified. Activities are designed to help your kid explore and learn about the park on-site. After completing the booklet, your child will receive their Junior Ranger badge.


If you can't visit the parks, you can download the booklets online, and once your child has finished each book, he will need to show his work to an adult, fill out the pledge in the back of the book, and get his certificate to become a Junior Ranger. At the end of each book, you will find an address to mail your complete booklet to receive your badge in the mail.


Junior Ranger Booklets




National Parks Offering Junior Ranger Program


Junior Ranger programs are available from all National Park sites. For the list of parks that offer the Junior Ranger Program, click here. Each park has its' own page on becoming a Junior Ranger.


Junior Ranger Online


There are so many interactive and printable activities online. You can view unique places within parks from your living room, watch wildlife, geysers, and other activity in real-time, discover your favorite subjects or search for your favorite places. Click here to access all the online activities available for Junior Rangers.


Virtual Tours & Videos


You can take behind-the-scenes tours or tour unusual places. Virtual tours allow you to see things from a different point of view. Web Cams give you a real-time, up close, and personal view of life in a park.


For more information about becoming a Junior Ranger, visit National Park Service.


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