Are you taking a trip to the Midwest? How about to the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, or Wisconsin? If you are be sure to check out to see if a National Park Service Junior Ranger Program in the Midwest is near you.
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 at Other Fun Junior Ranger Badges.
Junior Ranger Programs in Illinois
Junior Ranger Programs in Indiana
Junior Ranger Programs in Iowa
Junior Ranger Programs in Kansas
Junior Ranger Programs in Michigan
Junior Ranger Programs in Minnesota
Junior Ranger Programs in Missouri
Gateway Arch National Park
George Washington Carver National Monument
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site **Online Available**
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield
Junior Ranger Programs in Nebraska
Junior Ranger Programs in Ohio
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument **Online Available**
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
First Ladies National Historic Site
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Junior Ranger Programs in Wisconsin
Map of all Junior Ranger Programs
Interested in Junior Ranger Programs in other areas check out the following: