Are you taking a trip to the Southeast? How about to the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee or US Virgin Islands? 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 Southeast 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 Southeast? Why not display them. I’m sharing Junior Ranger Badge Display that’s fun and easy to make.
Junior Ranger Programs in Alabama
Junior Ranger Programs in Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve **Online Available**
Biscayne National Park **Online Available**
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos **Online Available**
DeSoto National Memorial
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Fort Matanzas National Monument **Online Available**
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Junior Ranger Programs in Georgia
Andersonville National Historic Site
Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park **Online Available**
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park
Ocmulgee National Monument **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Programs in Kentucky
Junior Ranger Programs in Mississippi
Junior Ranger Programs in North Carolina
NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Moores Creek National Battlefield
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Junior Ranger Program in Puerto Rico
PUERTO RICO (PR)
San Juan National Historic Site **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Programs in South Carolina
SOUTH CAROLINA (SC)
Junior Ranger Programs in Tennessee
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Fort Donelson National Battlefield **Online Available**
Great Smoky Mountains National Park **Fee for Booklet**
Manhattan Project National Historical Park Y-12 Complex
Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
Obed National Wild & Scenic River
Shiloh National Military Park
Stones River National Battlefield **Online Available**
Junior Ranger Program in US Virgin Islands
US VIRGIN ISLANDS (USVI)
Map of all Junior Ranger Programs
Interested in Junior Ranger Programs in other areas check out the following: