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Junior Ranger Program

Program that is a part of the National Park Service / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Junior Ranger Program, in brief, is a program where kids (and adults) can learn about a park through self guided interactive activities, such as scavenger hunts, crosswords, and even poetry writing. After completing the specified amount of pages, depending on the participants age, the participant is awarded a patch, badge and/or certificate, unique to each park.

A Junior Park Ranger badge that was awarded by the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Generally participants can pick up activity books, which are generally free, but in a few cases can cost up to $3, at a park’s visitor center or a ranger station. The activity books direct participants to areas they might otherwise miss, and/or hidden gems. The booklets contain information that helps participants discover the importance of a park on their own terms, and decide what the park means to them personally.

Yosemite National Park was the first to start the Junior Ranger program back in the early 1900s.

Since then it has spread to almost all the 423 national park sites and across some of our public lands from the Bureau of Land Management, to National wildlife refuges, to the Army Corps of engineers.