Visiting National Parks and Monuments across America is an amazing thing to do, but kids aren’t always as excited as we would like, but the National Parks Junior Rangers Program makes it so fun for everyone.
So what’s the Junior Ranger program, well it’s a lot of things, and with a motto of “Explore, Learn and Protect” that’s just what it teaches. Throughout America there are different activity booklets that help Junior Rangers to make visiting the site even more fun.
The first step is to head to an information booth, or the gift shop or find a Park Ranger and ask where to get a Junior Ranger booklet. The booklets are geared for ages 5-13, but anyone can do it. I like that there are different levels for the booklets. The work you have to complete depends on your age, and it’s different for each place.
Once you’re completed the work you find a Park Ranger and then take the oath to help protect American and it’s Parks. Then the kids are presented with badge specific to the booklet they’ve completed.
These programs are year round, but there are also specialty Junior Ranger booklets. In summer of 2017 they had a special booklet and badge for the Solar Eclipse and I know the Cherry Blossoms in DC also has one. Plus there are some that you can do at home and mail in.
What’s so great about the Junior Ranger program is they really are getting the kids and adults excited about seeing these treasures. I know we’re planning a big trip when the kids are in 4th grade, because of the Kid in Every Park program means they can see it all for FREE!
As we continue to travel and grow our badge collection I’m looking forward to crossing off the National Parks and Monuments in our Passport book too.
Have you started to collect Junior Ranger badges?