Junior Ranger

A park ranger holds ups a wooden junior ranger badge.
Junior Ranger cover with a family looking at bison fording a stream while a geyser erupts in the background.

Yellowstone National Park has a self-guided Junior Ranger program for children 4 years and older. The official NPS Yellowstone Junior Ranger program is a way to introduce children—and those young at heart—to the natural wonders of the park and their own role in preserving these wonders for the future. Activities help participants learn more about hydrothermal geology, wildlife, fire ecology, and much more. Get your full-color booklet at any Yellowstone National Park visitor center, or download a copy of the Junior Ranger booklet before you arrive.

After completing the age-appropriate requirements described inside the booklet and having your book reviewed by a park ranger at a visitor center, you will be awarded an official Yellowstone Junior Ranger badge! Modeled after the National Park Service patch, these wooden badges are shaped like an arrowhead and feature a geyser, a mountain peak, and a bison. You must be in the park in order to receive a badge, and we cannot mail Junior Ranger booklets or badges.

Can't make it to Yellowstone National Park? Not a problem. Find out how you can become a Yellowstone Virtual Junior Ranger!

Last updated: February 6, 2024

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