Junior Rangers

Junior Ranger with reward poster and park interpreter

Are you ready to learn more about some great ways to have fun in your California State Parks?  And, are you between 7 and 12 years old? Then become a Junior Ranger!

Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 state parks, from the redwood region, to the high Sierra, to the sunny Southern California beaches. 
At your first Junior Ranger program you will get a logbook and badge like the ones pictured on this page. Play games, hike trails, create your own animal, discover tracks, observe wildlife, all while making friends your own age in some of the best places in California.  For each activity you will earn a stamp in your logbook. And that's not all, as you go through the program, one activity at a time, you will earn some very cool rewards!

There are 12 different Junior Ranger activity areas.  Geology, ecology, history, safety, plants, and wildlife are some of the activity areas you will be exploring.

You can participate at one park over several days, or you can start at one park, and then do other programs at different parks.  You should plan to spend about an hour at each activity, and you will have so much fun!

The Junior Ranger Program is offered free of charge to visitors who have already paid park entrance or camping fees. Not all of the state parks participate in these programs. So, to find out which parks offer Junior Ranger activities, you can use our handy list. Call the park at the listed number for the program schedule. You can also visit the state parks Upcoming Events webpage, where dates and times are listed for Junior Ranger programs at many parks. (Not all Junior Ranger programs are listed on the events page.)

CLICK here for a list of parks with Junior Ranger programs.

No program at the park you're going to visit? We also offer the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide in English and Spanish. You can print it out before you go to the park and then have fun doing the activities with your whole family. When you've finished all the fun activities in the guide, you win an award!

There are also special Junior Ranger Adventure Guides for each of these parks.  Fill them in and learn more about the park when you visit.  Show your completed booklet to park staff, and you can collect your Junior Ranger badge.

Angel Island State Park (PDF, 5.23 MB)
Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (PDF, 2.47 MB)
Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (PDF, 270 KB)
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (PDF, 536 KB)
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (PDF, 2.63 MB)
Saddleback Butte State Park (PDF, 3.33 MB)