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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

“Don’t Blink”- Mysterious Rock BirdsThursday July 28th, 9:00 am Get up and search for the rock birds. These winged creatures secretly live up the mountains. Our hike into the Lost Province Trail will search just under 2 miles of forest. We will explore the world of these winged wanders. Don’t even blink on this adventure, these things are fast. Good luck.

Date of Event:
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Meet at picnic area

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Activities are geared for children ages 6-12 and include environmental education, interpretation of the area’s natural resources, and responsible recreation.

Date of Event:
Repeats every day until Thu Jul 14 2016 .
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area Visitor Center

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Activities are geared for children ages 6-12 and include environmental education, interpretation of the area’s natural resources, and responsible recreation.

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area Visitor Center

Explore, learn and help out your state parks! Activities are geared for children ages 6-12 and include environmental education, interpretation of the area’s natural resources, and responsible recreation.

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Start Location:
221 Access Area Visitor Center

Sign your kids up to work with a Park Ranger to earn their Jr. Ranger Patch.  This event is for children age 6-12 who must be accompanied by an adult.  Program lasts from 2:00 - 4:30. Space is limited.  Call the park office in advance to register. 252-726-3775

Date of Event:
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Meet at park office then drive up to the picnic area. This is a simi-strenuous Night Hike to Luther Rock. We will discuss bat’s echo-location, owl survival skills, and stars or space ships that cross each evening above Ashe County. Bring closed toe shoes and a small flashlight. Must have an Adult Present
 

Date of Event:
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 8:00pm
Start Location:

“Don’t Blink”- Mysterious Rock BirdsThursday July 28th, 9:00 am Get up and search for the rock birds. These winged creatures secretly live up the mountains. Our hike into the Lost Province Trail will search just under 2 miles of forest. We will explore the world of these winged wanders. Don’t even blink on this adventure, these things are fast. Good luck.

Date of Event:
Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Aicnic Area

Bring a lunch because we are going to find out the answer to the question; why climb a mountain? This will be an up-hill hike with lots of stops, GPS, Compass, and Maps lessons too. We will be hiking the new Mountain Ridge Trail. This will be a strenuous up-hill hike over two miles.

Date of Event:
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Park Office

Cost: Admission to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
Special Ranger Boot Camp for World Ranger Day

Date of Event:
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
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