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Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers

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.