Are you taking a trip to the Pacific Northwest & Alaska? How about to the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington? If you are be sure to check out to see if a National Park Service Junior Ranger Program in the Pacific Northwest & Alaska 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.
This is different from working on the Webrangers Program.
Junior Ranger Programs in Alaska
Aleutian World War II National Historic Area **Online Available**
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve **Online Available**
Cape Krusenstern National Monument **Online Available**
Denali National Park and Preserve **Online Available**
Gates of the Artic National Park & Perserve **Online Available**
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Inupiat Heritage Center
Katmai National Park and Preserve **Online Available**
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park **Online Available**
Noatak National Preserve **Online Available**
Sitka National Historical Park **Online Available**
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Programs in Idaho
Junior Ranger Programs in Oregon
Junior Ranger Programs in Washington
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
San Juan Island National Historical Park **Online Available**
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Map of all Junior Ranger Programs
Interested in Junior Ranger Programs in other areas check out the following: