Rangers in National Parks study different aspects of the parks to understand animals, vegetation, geology and many other things to help protect the parks, as well as to help visitors understand and safely enjoy their visits. Your younger traveling companions can help! When you visit the park they can complete the steps in a Junior Ranger booklet to become an Olympic National Park Junior Ranger.
Pick-up a copy of the Olympic National Park Junior Ranger booklet at any visitor center in the park. Add even more to your visit by borrowing the Olympic National Park Discovery Backpack to enhance your exploration of the park.
In the backpack you’ll find field worksheets, two interactive outdoor games, and six photo field guides. When our out-of-town, wanna-be ranger participated in the program we were treated to her poem about the Hoh Rainforest, and long conversations in the car about the flora and fauna she had learned about and identified. It was an afternoon well spent – out among nature, enjoying all we could see, hear and smell through different eyes. It was a joy to witness the unbound enthusiasm in our young traveling companion for the beauty and diversity of Olympic National Park.
After she had completed the tasks in her booklet and they were reviewed by a Ranger, she stood proudly in front of him and took the oath for being a Jr. Ranger, which she took very seriously. She still treasures her badge and displays it proudly in her room among the stuffed animals and Harry Potter memorabilia!
If you are interested in Jr. Ranger Programs, check out becoming a Web Ranger! There is lots of information, quizzes and activities. Join the Webrangers Community. Click here!