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Are you taking a trip to the Mid-Atlantic Region? How about to the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia? Do you know about the National Park Junior Ranger Program? If you are be sure to check out to see if a National Park Service Junior Ranger Program in the Mid-Atlantic is near you.

Junior Ranger Program in the Mid-Atlantic

What is the Junior Ranger Program?

“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.

Junior Ranger Program Online

Sometimes you can’t make it to the specific site. There are some badges that can be earned online by downloading the packet or contacting the site by email/phone/mail. Once you complete the packet you can mail the packet to an address and the site will mail you back a badge and certificate. If this is available at the site it will be indicated with “**Online Available**”.

There are other fun Junior Ranger Badges you can earn at home like Junior Archeologist Badge, Junior Cave Scientist Badge, and Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing! Badge. Check out the complete list of Junior Ranger Specialty Badges.

Junior Ranger Badge Display

Collecting Junior Ranger Badges while visiting National Parks and Sites is a great way to show all the kids have learned over the years. Have your many badges from the Junior Ranger Programs in the Southwest? Why not display them. I’m sharing Junior Ranger Badge Display that’s fun and easy to make. 

Junior Ranger Program in Delaware

Delaware Junior Ranger Programs

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First State National Historical Park

Junior Ranger Programs in Maryland

Maryland Junior Ranger Programs

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Antietam National Battlefield  **Online Available**
Assateague Island National Seashore
Catoctin Mountain Park
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Clara Barton National Historic Site  **Online Available**
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort Washington Park
Glen Echo Park
Hampton National Historic Site
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Monocacy National Battlefield  **Online Available**
Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Junior Ranger Programs in New Jersey

New Jersey Junior Ranger Programs

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Ellis Island
Gateway National Recreation Area
Morristown National Historical Park
Paterson National Historical Park
Thomas Edison National Historical Park

Junior Ranger Programs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Junior Ranger Programs

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Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site  **Online Available**
Appalachian Trail
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail  **Online Available**
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Flight 93 National Memorial
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Germantown White House Historic Site
Gettysburg National Military Park
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Independence National Historical Park
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial  **Online Available**
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River  **Online Available**
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Junior Ranger Programs in Virginia

Virginia Junior Ranger Programs

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Arlington House
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park  **Online Available**
Assateague Island National Seashore  **Online Available**
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Cape Henry Memorial First Landing Cross
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Colonial National Historical Park
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
Great Falls Park
Historic Jamestowne  **Fee for Booklet**
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site  **Online Available**
Petersburg National Battlefield  **Online Available**
Prince William Forest Park  **Online Available**
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Shenandoah National Park
Tredegar Iron Works
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
Yorktown Battlefield Colonial National Historical Park

Junior Ranger Programs in Washington DC

Washington DC Junior Ranger Programs

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Anacostia Watershed  **Online Available**
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site  **Online Available**
Civil War Defenses of Washington  **Online Available**
Constitution Gardens
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site  **Online Available**
George Mason Memorial
George Washington Memorial Parkway  **Online Available**
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens
Lincoln Memorial
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site  **Online Available**
President’s Park
Rock Creek National Park
Theodore Roosevelt Island   **Print booklet at home then send in upon completion**
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
White House
World War II Memorial

Junior Ranger Programs for West Virginia

West Virginia Junior Ranger Programs

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Appalachian Trail
Bluestone National Scenic River
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
New River Gorge National River

Map of all Junior Ranger Programs

Interested in Junior Ranger Programs in other areas check out the following:

Junior Ranger Program Regions

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