Play. Learn. Protect. Become a Washington State Parks Junior Ranger like these kids who took the challenge and earned their badges at Deception Pass State Park. With them is State Parks Interpretive Specialist Joy Kacoroski.
Aug. 14, 2019
Hey kids! I'm Bagley Beaver, the Washington State Parks Junior Ranger mascot.
Do you like exploring and camping at state parks like I do? Want to become a part of protecting those beautiful, fun places where you love to play and learn? Play your part in a healthy future for parks — earn your Junior Ranger badge today!
Did you know that the Junior Ranger program has been around for more than 100 years? Yes! It was one of the first National Park Service youth programs. Now you can earn your Junior Ranger badge at state and national parks across the United States. If you are aged 4 to 12, you can earn your Washington State Parks Junior Ranger badge at more than 60 parks statewide.
Becoming a Washington State Parks Junior Ranger means joining an ever-growing team of young people who love our state’s beautiful, precious places and want to serve and protect them. The Washington State Parks Junior Ranger motto is “Play. Learn. Protect.” Are you ready for the challenge?
Follow these steps to earn your Washington State Parks Junior Ranger badge:
Visit a participating state park with your parent or guardian. Pick a participating park near you from this list. Once you are at the park, ask a park staff member how you can get your FREE Junior Ranger Booklet. The booklet is printed in English and Spanish. See the list at the bottom of this post for parks offering the Spanish edition.
Fill out your booklet. Use the symbols in the book to complete the activities that are right for your age. You will learn a lot about parks from this book. If you are with your friends and/or family, share the fun with them, too!
Return your completed booklet to the park's staff. You will then get to say the Junior Ranger pledge and receive a badge like the one above! How cool is that?
Fill out the Washington State Parks Junior Ranger booklet to earn your badge!
Junior Ranger activities
The fun, stewardship and learning need not stop after you take the pledge!
You’ll also find more opportunities to learn and grow by participating in Junior Ranger activities. These are NOT activities where you will earn your badge, but you will have a lot of fun!
Click here to find out when and where these programs are happening. Enter “Junior Ranger” in the search bar of the calendar page, and lots of opportunities will pop up! Want to learn about geocaching? Interested in the animals that call parks home? Love history? Want to learn more about your favorite park? Junior Ranger activities touch on all these great topics and more. Learning was never this much fun!
Junior Ranger activities like this one with Ranger Mark Alvarez at Yakima Sportsman State Park are fun for the whole family!
Spanish editions of the booklet are available at: Deception Pass, Lake Chelan, Lake Wenatchee, Lewis and Clark Trail, Lincoln Rock, Lyons Ferry, Olmstead Place, Sacajawea Historical and Sun Lakes-Dry Falls state parks.
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