Each day children around the country recite a motto and take 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. Many state parks now offer similar programs as well.
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/badge and Junior Ranger certificate. There are even ways you can become a Junior Ranger at home now. Junior Rangers are typically between the ages of 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate.
USA Homeschool Fieldtrips is not affiliated with the National Parks System. We just saw a need to educate homeschool families on how beneficial these programs are and how they can be used to compliment home educating.
Click "Take Me on An Adventure" to view a list of the National Parks, Bureau of Land Management sites, US Fish and Wildlife sites and State Parks that participate in Jr. Ranger Programs.
You can also check out our calendar for upcoming Jr. Ranger Club meetings for Arizona. Once a month our Jr. Ranger Club meets to complete a booklet together as a group. We also do a few hands on activities and a craft. Some club meetings are held onsite at NPS, BLM or AZ State Parks and some are held at Phoenix Metro city parks.
Get a pass to explore America’s public lands and waters with your family for free—just for being in the 4th grade!
Click on the link below and complete a short online activity. Then download and print your pass.
Your pass is valid at over 2,000 public lands and waters, national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges. And your family (up to 3 adults) and friends (kids under 16) also get in free—so bring them along!