This Adventure is all about becoming a ParkPassport Junior Ranger - Explore. Learn. Protect.
with Blue Star Families and the National Park Trust!
The great outdoors are never far from your front door with Blue Star Parks. The National Park Trust and Blue Star Families have created the ParkPassport app with the goal of allowing families and individuals to find parks, get outside and discover the power the outdoors has on quality of life. Create an account, find local, regional, state and national parks, earn badges for parks visited and outdoor recreational activities completed, and connect with other park enthusiasts and families across the country. Families can also take virtual visits to select parks across the country.
** Military and Veteran Families who download and register the ParkPassport app will receive a FREE Buddy Bison plush toy. Must indicate military or veteran status and provide a valid email address. Plush information will be emailed within 2 weeks of registration**
Be a Junior Ranger - the Junior Ranger motto is recited by children around the country; each taking an oath of their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with friends and family. This activity-based program is conducted in almost all parks, and some Junior Ranger programs are national. Many national parks offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers.
Youth can complete a series of activities during a park visit, share answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. The typical age is 5 to 13, but people of all ages can participate.
There are many parks that offer a virtual Junior Park Ranger Program that can be completed online. Check out the ‘Virtual Visits” tab of the ParkPassport App to search for available parks across the country who offer these virtual opportunities.
There are many activities and tours that can be completed online. Check out this link for specifics about each of the National Parks.
Pre-K Adventurers are a little young for the Junior Ranger program, but it's never too early to begin enjoying our beautiful National Parks. Search the ParkPassport app to find a park near you to visit, or locate a virtual tour for a park you are unable to visit in-person.
Community Engagement Adventure
Being a Junior Park Ranger is always more fun with a friend. Invite a friend (or 2 or 3!) to download the ParkPassport app and join you in your Junior Park Ranger Adventures.
What a great way for teens to spend their summer!
Take an oath to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share your own ranger story with friends and family. This activity based program is conducted in almost all parks, and some programs are national. Many national parks offer teen visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers.
Youth complete a series of activities during a park visit, share answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Adventurers of all ages can participate.
There are many activities and tours that can be completed online. Check out the Virtual Visits tab of the ParkPassport App.
Take a selfie at a National Park or of you working on your Junior Ranger project.
by Junior Ranger
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