Be A Junior Ranger

The park's Jr. Ranger logo showing a soldier on horseback holding a rifle surrounded by a green circle and a bison silhouette in the background.
Welcome to the
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM
Junior Ranger page!
Here you'll find opportunities to become junior rangers a few different ways by following the directions and completing the required work. From becoming an official Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM Junior Ranger to becoming a Web Ranger Junior Ranger, this page has your junior ranger needs covered.
 
Jr Ranger Badge with portrait of Charles Young in the middle.

1) Becoming a Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers NM Junior Ranger

To earn your park junior ranger badge you need to take the park WebQuest quiz about Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers. No worries, the quiz isn't anything you need to study for all night long, just review the information on Charles Young and the men of the Buffalo Soldiers and then take the multiple choice quiz. Get your parents to help out, make it a family event. We're sure that everyone in the house can benefit from taking this informative and fun quiz.

Here's how to get started:

  1. Read up about Charles Young and the men of the Buffalo Soldiers.
  2. Download the WebQuest quiz.
  3. Open up the PDF file and take the quiz on your computer. Read through each question and choose the best answer. Feel free to go back to the Charles Young and the Buffalo Soldiers web pages if you need assistance in completing your work (it's an open-book quiz, rather an open-webpage quiz).
  4. When you complete your quiz, simply save your quiz on your computer and then email it to us (chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov) as an attachment. You can also print your completed quiz out and send it to us the old fashioned way through the U.S. mail. Mail your printed and completed booklet to: Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to write down your full name in the body of your message so we can fill out your certificate. Also, be sure to write your return address down too.
  5. Once we receive your quiz, we'll go over your work and then we'll send you your Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Junior Ranger badge and certificate of accomplishment!
  6. After you complete your quiz, head over to the Park Fun page to find out what other activities are available from our website.
Please note: Please, do not take your printed/completed quiz to another park location to hand in. Currently, this park's Junior Ranger program is web-based and all submissions must be mailed or emailed to the addresses provided above. Rangers at other sites may not be aware of this and are likely unaware of where to forward printed copies to. Thank you!
 
Child caricature wearing a flat hat and holding a birthday cake with "100" on top.
Click on the Centennial birthday cake to download the Centennial Jr. Ranger booklet.

2) Become a NPS Centennial Junior Ranger!

In 2016, the National Park Service launched a new junior ranger program for all to learn about the importance of one of the country's most recognized public agencies. Even though the Centennial has passed, you can still download the Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book and then print it out to complete. Fill out as much of the booklet as you can and then email it to us for a ranger to review. Once we look it over, we will mail you your limited edition Junior Ranger Centennial Badge and one of our rangers will sign your certificate. Be sure to include your return address so we can send you your badge. To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

Enjoy this activity by yourself, with friends or with your family! Be sure to visit one of the nation's 400+ National Park Service sites and commemorate 100 years of service!

Download the booklet (PDF - 3.6 MB)

Please note: Please, do not take your printed/completed quiz to another park location to hand in. Currently, this park's Junior Ranger program is web-based and all submissions must be mailed or emailed to the addresses provided above. Rangers at other sites may not be aware of this and are likely unaware of where to forward printed copies to. Thank you!

 
Cover page of Eclipse booklet showing a darkened sky with the moon passing in front of the sun above a mountain range, lake and desert.
The Jr. Ranger Eclipse Explorer booklet - Click to download

NPS & The Planetary Society

3) Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer

To commemorate the 2017 North American Total Solar Eclipse, the National Park Service has partnered with the Planetary Society to bring you the Junior Ranger Eclipse Explorer program. The fun-filled Eclipse Explorer booklet is loaded with interesting eclipse information and activities that will engage kids and teach them about the sun and the moon.

To get started, simply download the booklet and then print it out. The booklet is laid out in three separate age/skill levels. Choose the appropriate level (found on page 2), complete the activities and then take it to a participating NPS park or mail it in to a participating park to receive a Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger badge! When you finish your booklet, you can mail us your completed booklet and we'll be happy to send your badge and ranger-signed booklet to you (while badge supplies last). To email us your completed booklet, you can either scan your completed booklet or take pictures of each page and email them to chyo_socialmedia@nps.gov. If you prefer to send it via mail, please mail your completed booklet to Hopewell Culture NHP, ATTN: VIS-CHYO, 16062 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Be sure to provide your return mailing address so we can send you your Junior Ranger SWAG!

Please note: Please, do not take your printed/completed quiz to another park location to hand in. Currently, this park's Junior Ranger program is web-based and all submissions must be mailed or emailed to the addresses provided above. Rangers at other sites may not be aware of this and are likely unaware of where to forward printed copies to. Thank you!

Many NPS sites are participating in this unique Jr. Ranger program, but please call the park you are going to visit and inquire if they have Eclipse Jr. Ranger badges available. The booklet and the badge are a limited edition, so once supplies run out, they are gone at least until the next U.S. total solar eclipse in 2024!

Download the Eclipse Explorer Jr. Ranger booklet (PDF - 22MB)


 
Logo showing kids playing outside with Every Kid Outdoors written underneath them
4th Graders, click the logo above to take the quiz!

Every Kid Outdoors

Attention all 4th graders! Have we got a deal for you and your family! Get out and visit your National Park Service sites this summer, for free! That's right, for free! Visit everykidoutdoors.gov and take the short online quiz. Once you complete the quiz, you'll receive a voucher that you can print out and bring to any national park site in the U.S. for free entry to that site! You can exchange your voucher for a hard plastic Every Kid Outdoors card so you can show it off with pride. Not only will this card get you and your family access to all of the national park sites, it will also get you and your family free entry to thousands of other federal recreation sites across the country! So, what are you waiting for? Get started NOW! Visit everykidoutdoors.gov and take the quiz.

Call ahead to the park site you will be visiting to make sure they have a supply of the Every Kid Outdoors card. Due to overwhelming demand, some parks may be temporarily out but others will likely have it. Visit everykidoutdoors.gov for more information.

Last updated: December 31, 2019

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