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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.

    

 

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Sunday and every Saturday until Sun Oct 30 2016 .
Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Take a hike with a park ranger and learn about the fascinating world of carnivorous plants that grow at Carolina Beach State Park. See plants that bite back such as sundews bladderworts butterworts pitcher plants and the Venus fly trap. 

Date of Event:
Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Start Location:
Meet at the Nature Trail Lane Parking area

Celebrate Grandparents' Day with a story walk at the park. The featured book is "The Pinecone Walk" by Barbara Springfield, about a young girl's hike with her grandfather to find pinecones for the fire.

Date of Event:
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 8:00am to Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 5:30pm
Start Location:
Boardwalk

Calling all grandparents! Bring your grandchildren out to the park and learn all about birds in your backyard. You will get to spend some time outside looking for common backyard birds and build a bird feeder to take home so you can practice your newly learned skills. Great for all ages!

Date of Event:
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Want to take your grandkids out in the great outdoors and help them learn about our beautiful natural world and its inhabitants, but you are not quite an expert on it?  We in NC State Parks call it Interpretation & Education, or I & E, and we want to help you get better at it so you can be a part of teaching your grandchildren all about it.  So come take a hike with a Lumber River State

Date of Event:
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Princess Ann Picnic Shelter

  Please join us at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Celebrating Grandparents Day with a Scavenger Hunt.  We encourage Grandparents and Grandchildren to come out and work together as a team exploring the Park and looking for different items.  The event will be led by Park Staff and is a good time to spend some family time.  Rangers will be available for any other park related questions and we hope t

Date of Event:
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

National Grandparents day is coming up in September. Bring your family and meet at Mt. Jefferson State Natural Area’s Sunrise overlook for an evening of fun, science, and a craft. This program is open to everyone and we especially invite grandparents and grandchildren to attend this evening event. After the program we will all drive down to the Sunset overlook and enjoy a fall season sunset.

Date of Event:
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
Start Location:
Sunrise Overlook

Grandparents Day hike up the Yadkin River approximately 1/2 mile.  Bring your grandkids and we will do a little birding, and tree ID along the way.  Please wear appropriate clothing for season, hiking shoes, bug spray and bring some cool water for the trip.  

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Start Location:
Morrow Mountain State Park Boathouse

Come and join us as we celebrate Grandparents Day with a walk on the beach. Meet in the classroom as we display, discuss, and identify most of the shells found commonly on the Fort Fisher beach.  Then we will go out on the beach and test our ID skills. Please call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Exhibit Room

Grandparents, bring your grandchildren and meet at the swim beach for a chance to fish the brackish waters of the Pamlico River.  This program is for ages 6 and up.  We will practice casting, baiting a hook and hopefully taking fish off the hooks.  This will be a catch release program.  Fishing license are not required for the program.  Space is limited, so registration is required.

Date of Event:
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am
Start Location:
Swim Beach