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Explore, Learn, and Protect

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Junior Rangers is a fun way for children to explore with their family, scouts troop or youth group. Activities are geared for children ages 6-12.

  • Natural Resource Protection. Junior Rangers help park rangers take care of the park's natural resources. Plants, wildlife and clean water are important natural resources.
  • Environmental Education. Junior Rangers teach their family and friends what they learn about the park and how to take care of it.
  • Responsible Recreation. Junior Rangers have fun at state parks! They follow park rules to stay safe and so the natural resources are here for the future.

A different Junior Ranger patch is awarded at each park.

The new Junior Ranger guide is packed full of fun activities you can do at any of our 41 state parks. Be a Junior Ranger! Download the Junior Ranger Guide here.

The Junior Ranger program is correlated to NC Essential Standards for K-5. Download the Correlations Guide here

The Junior Ranger program is proudly sponsored by the Friends of State Parks and the Great Outdoor Provision Company.

    

 

Current Junior Ranger activities

Join a park ranger to learn about the NC Parks Junior Ranger program and what it takes to earn a special Weymouth Woods patch and certificate. We'll go over the activity booklet and we'll even do one of the activities together so you can get one step closer to becoming a North Carolina Junior Park Ranger!
(Most appropriate for children ages 6-12.)

Date of Event:
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 3:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center Auditorium

Kick the summer off right!!!  Become a Junior Ranger at Hanging Rock!

Date of Event:
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Lake Area Shelter # 4

Cost: Admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Start Location:
Cliff Dwellers

Park Rangers have been serving in NC for 100 years. Join us and learn all about what it is to be a Park Ranger. After a short presentation we will also be conducting Junior Ranger Activities. This program is great for kids of all ages.

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Fun with Raptors! Junior/Senior Ranger Program! - Grandparents Day!

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Sun Sep 11 2016 .
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
SUMMIT PARKING AREA

Fun with Raptors! Junior/Senior Ranger Program! - Grandparents Day!

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Start Location:
SUMMIT PARKING AREA

Come on out to the Dismal Swamp and celebrate both North Carolina State Parks' 100th Anniversary and Take A Child Outside.  A variety of activities will be held, and you can participate in any or all.  Earn a Junior Ranger patch!

Call the office at 252-771-6593 to sign up!

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

During this week-long program children will get a chance to explore the outdoor world through various topics including: reptiles, habitats, birds, and other wonders to be explored.  Children will be working towards earning their North Carolina Junior Ranger certificate and patch. The program is free for children ages 6-12.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Sat Oct 01 2016 .
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

During this week-long program children will get a chance to explore the outdoor world through various topics including: reptiles, habitats, birds, and other wonders to be explored.  Children will be working towards earning their North Carolina Junior Ranger certificate and patch. The program is free for children ages 6-12.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

During this week-long program children will get a chance to explore the outdoor world through various topics including: reptiles, habitats, birds, and other wonders to be explored.  Children will be working towards earning their North Carolina Junior Ranger certificate and patch. The program is free for children ages 6-12.

Date of Event:
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center