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Become a Catoctin Mountain Park Junior Ranger

Come explore Catoctin Mountain Park with our Junior Ranger Book! This 24-page activity guide highlights the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of Catoctin Mountain Park and is geared for all ages!

Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up a copy or download the Junior Ranger Book (pdf 4.78MB) and start working on becoming a Junior Ranger today!

NOTE: Please be patient with the download as it is a very large file for a great book!

If you can't make it to the park, we've got you covered! Print out this arrowhead (pdf 277kb) to make your own unique and specialized Junior Ranger badge!

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Junior Ranger Let's Go Fishing!
Activity Booklet and Badge

Are you ready to earn your Junior Ranger Angler badge?

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the booklet or stop by the Visitor Center to pick up the free booklet.
  2. Complete as many activities in the booklet as you can and return to the Visitor Center and discuss what you have learned with a ranger.
If you can't make it to the Visitor Center, have a parent/guardian take a picture of a completed page in the booklet and e-mail us. Remember to include your name and address. You can also mail your completed book to:

National Park Service

Junior Ranger Program
1849 C Street NW RM 1448
Washington, DC 20240

More Information on this program


Want to do even MORE Junior Ranger Activities?

Did you know that you can find many parks online that have interactive and printable activities? You can view special places within parks from your living room. Imagine watching wildlife, geysers, and other activity in real time. Discover your favorite subjects or search for your favorite places with the National Park Service Kids in Parks page.

These are just a few things you can do from this page:

Design Your Own Parkitecture

Discover Online Activity Guides

Join a Virtual Tour of a National Park

Become a Junior Ranger at other National Parks
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Brochures Available For TRACK Trails

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Kids in Parks Track Trail Brochures

Earn PRIZES for tracking your adventures! Our TRACK Trail booklets will sets kids on an adventure to discover more about trees, bugs, and the natural balance of nature. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up your booklet today!

e-Adventures Online Activities

The Kids in Parks TRACK Trail program has developed online activities that children can enjoy in their yards or neighborhoods. The fresh content is also designed to help children to continue to reap the physical and mental health benefits associated with being active outdoors. These online activities include:

Hide and Seek

Flower Power

Forest Bathing

Animal Athletes

Kids in Parks TRACK Trail also has a series of downloadable (pdf) TRACK-tivities too!
Direct access to these pdf's are found at:

Backyard Adventures

Animal Athletes

Buds Become Blossoms

Batty For Bats

To learn more about the Kids in Parks TRACK Trail program and their expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures, visit


Catoctin Mountain Park offers a variety of opportunities for kids to explore. There are several short nature trails, scheduled programs such as evening campfire programs and programs just for kids staying at Camp Misty Mount.

If you're looking for more curriculum based educational opportunities, please visit our Education Page.
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Annual 4th Grade Pass

  • Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid Outdoor paper pass.
  • The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August).
  • Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid Outdoors website and can be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at Federal recreation sites that charge Entrance or Standard Amenity fees (Day Use Fee).
  • Digital version of the paper pass (such as on smart phones or tablets) will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.
  • The pass is non-transferable.
  • Educators can also be involved! Learn more at the Every Kid Outdoors website .

Additional Details about the Annual 4th Grade Pass

Last updated: May 28, 2020

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6602 Foxville Road
Thurmont, MD 21788


(301) 663-9388

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