If you’re following along, you’ve already been on a ranger-led tour at one of our National Park Service sites here in the Heritage Area. These sites offer something for everyone; from ranger led talks to living history programs and even programs designed just for kids, including a Jr. Ranger badge. This program actually gives younger visitors a chance to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers! According to the National Park Service website, more than 800,000 children became Junior Rangers last year! I wonder how many of those children will go on to visit National Park Service sites for the rest of their lives? Or even become a Park Ranger themselves?
After completing a series of activities during their visit to a park site, youth are encouraged to share their answers to questions with a park ranger, then they receive their official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate! Don’t worry adults, although Jr. Rangers are typically under the age of 13, the program is actually open to everyone! This would be a great activity to do as a family!
Visit the National Park Service sites within our Heritage Area to find out how you or someone you know can become a Jr. Ranger! Some sites may not offer this program, so make sure to check with the site prior to your visit! The following NPS sites within our Heritage Area are listed on the Jr. Ranger website as offering the programs: