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, how to obtain a junior ranger certificate, how to find National Parks, and more!
Junior Ranger Program
The Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks. A Junior Ranger take 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, he/she is required to show an interest in the program, pick up a free booklet at the visitor center, and complete the pages within his/her age group. Your kid then 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 while 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 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 Junior Ranger Program, click here. Each park has its' own page on how to become a Junior Ranger.
Junior Ranger Online
There are so many interactive and printable activities online. You can view special places within parks from your living room, watch wildlife, geyers, and other activity in real time, and discover your favorite subjects or search for your favorite places. Click here to access all the online activities that are 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 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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