- January 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm #302
I didn’t know where to put this but I keep finding more & more people not knowing about the free Ranger programs. Every National Park & most States have a totally FREE Jr Ranger program. When you go to a National Park (historical included) go to the Ranger Station & tell them you need a Jr Ranger booklet for that Park. The child is required to complete several of the activities in the booklet (some are based on age) These are usually so informative,very easy & generally take around 30 min – 1 hour to complete. They will cover subjects like archeology, history, geography, natural sciences, and so much more. After completion, take back to the Ranger Station (or you can mail it back with a SASE so you can get the booklets back) and you will get a free exclusive badge from that park. Many times you will get a free patch as well or a chance to buy the Jr Ranger patch from that park. Some people display them on vests, hats, or like us on sashes. We keep the booklets in a 3-ring binder that we can look through. The National Park Service also has a free WebRangers program (look on their website) where you can sign up (without giving out personal info) and do all sorts of online programs.
For State Jr Ranger programs, contact your state Dept of Natural Resources. Almost all states have one.
We have a collection of badges from across the country.
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