What is a Junior Ranger?
A Junior Ranger is:
We invite you to become a Cape Cod National Seashore Junior Ranger. You will join a growing group of young people who are interested in the world around them and involved in their nation's history.
How do I become a Junior Ranger?
All ages can start the Junior Ranger journey. Junior Ranger Activity Booklets are free at visitor centers to kids who start the program during their visit to the park. Along the way, you will attend programs with real park rangers and complete activities about Cape Cod National Seashore.
To become a Junior Ranger you can: join a ranger at the beach to look for seals, take a tour of a historic lighthouse and learn what life was like in the early 1900s, listen to stories around a beach campfire, or watch how surfmen rescued people off of sinking ships. You can also walk on a trail with your friends or family and note what you observe, hear, and smell.
When you've completed all the requirements, bring your booklet to one of the visitor centers to receive your Junior Ranger award.
The National Park Service is committed to helping young people understand the special qualities of national parks, and the importance of developing a stewardship ethic for future protection of parks. If this is your first experience with a Junior Ranger program, your child is off on a great adventure! Many national parks have Junior Ranger programs. Have fun and learn along with your child as you explore Cape Cod National Seashore. It can take up to two days in the national seashore to fulfill our program requirements. If you don't complete them all in one visit, come back again! If you're here during winter when we aren't offering ranger programs, ask a ranger for other activities your child can do instead.
Being a Junior Ranger means you understand how special national parks are and how it is up to all of us to help protect them in the future. We hope you will have fun learning about this park and the many others that also have Junior Ranger programs.
There's Always Something to Do!
Rainy day? No ranger programs available? There's always fun to be had at Cape Cod National Seashore! Ask for one of our scavenger hunts at the visitor center.
Last updated: November 6, 2023