Are you taking a trip to the Northeast Region? How about to the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont? 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 Northeast 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 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 Northeast? Why not display them. I’m sharing Junior Ranger Badge Display that’s fun and easy to make.
Junior Ranger Program in Connecticut
Junior Ranger Program in Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Boston African American National Historic Site **Online Available**
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Lowell National Historic Park
Minute Man National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Junior Ranger Program in Maine
Junior Ranger Program in New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE (NH)
Junior Ranger Programs in New York
NEW YORK (NY)
African Burial Ground National Monument **Online Available**
Castle Clinton National Monument
Eleanor Roosevelt Center-Val-Kill
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fire Island National Seashore
Fort Stanwix National Monument **Online Available**
Gateway National Recreation Area
General Grant National Memorial
Governors Island National Monument
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Women’s Rights National Historical Park **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Program in Rhode Island
RHODE ISLAND (RI)
Roger Williams National Memorial **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Program in Vermont
Map of all Junior Ranger Programs
Interested in Junior Ranger Programs in other areas check out the following: