We love to explore our local parks! It is so much fun for our entire family, including our dog!
Park programs and offers for kid’s:
If you are a fourth grader, or age equivalent free-choice learner, you and your family can receive an Every Kid in a Park pass that will give you free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.
“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.
National Junior Ranger Program Booklets:
The following booklets are full of fun activities to help you discover and learn more about:
- archeology, with these booklets:
- how fossils are formed (PDF)
- our night skies (PDF)
- exploring wilderness (PDF)
- what is underwater (PDF)
- the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (PDF)
And, if you like to get moving, playing outside, and working up a sweat, then check out our “Let’s Move Outside, Junior Rangers!” Program . It’s easy, healthy, and fun!
Songs for Junior Rangers
Last year, more than 800,000 children became Junior Rangers! In addition, the “Songs for Junior Rangers” CD has been awarded the Gold Seal from the Parent’s Choice Foundation in Spring 2013. This set includes a 20-page illustrated booklet of lyrics and photos, and a poster map.
Find Junior Ranger Pages for Specific Parks: Congaree National Park, Cowpens Battlefield
Children of all ages can become a Congaree National Park Junior Ranger!
Junor Ranger books are available for ages 6 and under, ages 7-10 and ages 11 and up. To become a Junior Ranger, stop by the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and ask for your free copy of the Junior Ranger Workbook, or get started now by downloading and printing your book.
When you have completed your book to the best of your ability, bring it to the visitor center to receive a badge or patch!