National Junior Ranger Day

Collage of girl wearing a ranger hat and badge, boy looking through binoculars, ranger and kids shoveling ice, main text "Junior Ranger Day nps.gov/kids", and circular logo a ranger hat and text "Junior Ranger EXPLORE-LEARN-PROTECT"

Celebrating Kids in Parks on April 21, 2018!


The National Park Service thinks (are we're pretty confident that you'll agree) that it's about time we had a KID's day! We're kicking off National Park Week with National Junior Ranger Day on April 21, 2018.

The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks, get some cool swag, and maybe even one of those coveted hats the rangers wear! (Well...okay. Yours might be made out of paper, but you'll still rock it!) You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy.

We don't care what age you are–just come to "explore, learn, and protect" your national parks and become an official Junior Ranger!

Find a park near you and ask the rangers about all the fun activities and special programs you can do to earn a Junior Ranger badge. Be on the lookout for special limited edition National Junior Ranger Day buttons!

Button with a bison and trees graphic with text "NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY EXPLORE LEARN PROTECT" and button with NPS arrowhead and earth-tone rainbow and text "National Junior Ranger Day EXPLORE LEARN PROTECT"

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  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    Enjoy science activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge!

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Florissant, CO
    • Fees: $7.00 per adult (15 and younger free) interagency passes accepted
  • Fort Donelson National Battlefield

    Cannon Drill 101

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Become part of a cannon crew, experiencing hands-on the equipment, procedures, and role required for each crew member. There will not be actual firing of this piece.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Fort Donelson Visitor Center (120 Fort Donelson Rd., Dover, TN)
    • Fees: Free