The U.S. National Park Service offers a self-directed educational program for children visiting the parks. Children ages 3-13 are invited by the park service to observe the park’s natural environment, learn ways to preserve it, and pass this knowledge to others. Junior Ranger requirements are that children attend a guided park program (or exhibits in a visitor’s center), complete their age level activities in the workbook, pick up trash, make the Junior Ranger Promise, turn in the workbook and answer questions asked by a park ranger, then take the Junior Ranger Pledge.
Junior Ranger Motto
“Explore, Learn, Protect.”
1. Explore. Be adventurous! Go see and do all the exciting things that America’s National Parks have to offer.
2. Learn. Find the facts! There are a lot of really cool things that you can learn from our National Parks, including information about America’s history, culture, ecosystems, and national treasures.
3. Protect. Be a friend of the National Parks! Do what you can to make sure other people can enjoy the park after your visit.
Junior Ranger Activity Books
Some parks have a separate workbook for younger children, others designate certain pages in the handbook for varying age groups. To get started, ask a Park Ranger for a workbook upon entry to a National Park. Alternatively, explore the NPS website for web ranger programs accessed at home online. Junior Ranger Programs
The Little Cub Promise, Yosemite National Park
As a Yosemite Little Cub, I promise to do all that I can to help protect the animals, birds, trees, flowers, and other living things in Yosemite National Park. I will continue to learn about the nature and history of the park even after I leave Yosemite.
The Junior Ranger Promise, Yosemite National Park
As a Yosemite Junior Ranger, I will continue to learn about, explore, and protect Yosemite, as well as other historic places.
Junior Ranger Badge
Upon completion, Junior Rangers will receive a pin to proudly show that they are National Park protectors and advocates for these special places.