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Junior Ranger Day

Junior Ranger Day

Junior Ranger Day is April 20, and is a really fun part of National Park Week.

The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks and learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy. No matter your age, come “explore, learn, and protect” your national parks and became an official Junior Ranger! 

The National Junior Ranger Day Badge

“Explore, Learn, and Protect!” The Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family.

The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity based program conducted in almost all parks, and some Junior Ranger programs are national. Many national parks offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers.

Interested youth 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. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate.

A great way to get started is to learn more about the awesome Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! Booklet.

Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! Booklet.
NPS photo/Caitlin Campbell


If you’re not able to drive to a National Park near you, the Park Service provides a fun interactive web site called, Webrangers.

Help a baby sea turtle reach the sea… Be a spy… Drive a dog sled… Experience the life and death struggle of a puma.

If you are interested in the world around you and learning about our nation’s heritage, this program is for you! And best of all, the WebRanger programs let you become a Junior Ranger from home, school or anywhere.

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Click here to set up your ranger station and start your journey! There are more than 70 activities for you to learn along with your parents as you explore, learn, and protect your national parks.


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