Stuck at home for a few days and missing the outdoors? Many of the National Park Service Units offer Junior Ranger Badges through mail in completion. With many of the parks requiring countless hours of planning and preparation to visit it becomes difficult to learn about them all. With the help of the Junior Ranger Program, you can now learn about many of the nation’s unique locations from the comfort of your own home. The only requirement to visit the National Parks now is an internet connection, printer, and access to a post office! Here are the Junior Ranger Badges Kids Can Earn at Home

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What is a Junior Ranger?

A Junior Ranger is an individual typically under the age of 13; however, people of all ages can participate. Junior Rangers complete activities while visiting the park and are rewarded with a badge, patch, or sticker depending on the specific park. Before receiving the badge, Junior Rangers MUST pledge an oath to protect, learn, and share about the National Parks. 

How to Earn a Junior Ranger Badge at Home

Typically Junior Ranger activities are completed while visiting a specific park. However, many of the parks allow Junior Rangers to complete the activities at home. After completing the activities Junior Rangers can either physically mail or email their completed activity booklets to the visitor center. Once reviewed by a ranger a Junior Ranger Badge, Patch, or Sticker will be sent to the new Junior Ranger to display proudly.

Map of Junior Ranger Badges that can be earned from home

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Junior Ranger Badeges at Home

Junior Ranger Badges to Earn at Home By State

Alaska

Denali National Park & PreservePrint at Home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Gates of the Arctic Park – Email the park at fair_interpretation@nps.gov for a Junior Ranger book

Glacier Bay National Park & PreservePrint at home and email answer sheet for a Junior Ranger Sticker

Katmai National Park & PreservePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Enamel Pin

Kobuk Valley National ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Sitka National Historical ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Wrangell – St Elias National Park & PreservePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

American Samoa

National Park of American SamoaPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Arizona

Aztec Ruins National MonumentComplete online and email the secret code for a Junior Ranger Patch

Parashant National MonumentContact visitor center for Junior Ranger Booklet and mailing information

Arkansas

Little Rock Central High School National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

California

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailComplete online for a Junior Ranger Badge

Manzanar National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Delaware

Chesapeake BayPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

District of Columbia

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic TrailPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Florida

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Print at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Fort Matanzas National MonumentComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge and Patch

Guam

War In The Pacific National Historical ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Iowa

Lewis & Clark National Historic TrailComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Patch

Kansas

Tallgrass Prairie National PreservePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Certificate

Maryland

Clara Barton National Historic SiteComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

George Washington Memorial ParkwayPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Monocacy National BattlefieldPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Thomas Stone National Historic SiteComplete online activities for a Junior Ranger Badge

Massachusetts

New Bedford Whaling National Historic ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Minnesota

Pipestone National MonumentContact visitor center for Junior Ranger Booklet and mailing information

Missouri

Harry S Truman National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Wilson’s Creek National BattlefieldPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Montana

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation AreaPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

New Mexico

White Sands National ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

New York

Fort Stanwix National MonumentComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational RiverContact visitor center for Junior Ranger Booklet and mailing information

North Carolina

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Ohio

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National MonumentComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Hopewell Culture National Historic ParkComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

James A Garfield National Historic SitePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City National MemorialComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic SiteComplete online and email the secret code for a Junior Ranger Sticker

Independence National Historic ParkComplete online and email the secret code for a Junior Ranger Sticker

Rhode Island

Roger Williams National MemorialPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

South Carolina

Congaree National ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Cowpens National BattlefieldComplete online activities for a Junior Ranger Badge

South Dakota

Wind Cave National ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Tennessee

Fort Donelson National BattlefieldPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Stones River National BattlefieldPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Texas

Padre Island National SeashorePrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic ParkContact visitor center for Junior Ranger Booklet and mailing information

Utah

Cedar Breaks National MonumentPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Virginia

Appomattox Courthouse National Historic ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge and Trading Cards

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic TrailComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Petersburg National BattlefieldComplete online activities and mail answer sheet in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Prince William Forest ParkPrint at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Washington

San Juan Island National Historic Park Print at home and mail in for a Junior Ranger Badge

Special Junior Ranger Badges to Earn from Home

Junior ArcheologistPrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Ranger Underwater ExplorerPrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Cave ScientistPrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior PaleontologistPrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Ranger Let’s Go Fishing!Print at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Ranger Night ExplorersPrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Rangers in SpacePrint at home and mail in for a Special Junior Ranger Patch

Brian is an Eagle Scout and currently studying Architecture/Sustainability at Clemson University. He is an outdoor enthusiast who has visited 19 of the 62 US National Parks. Brian enjoys hiking, backpacking, photography and kayaking. Brian loves to share his passion for the outdoors and help others venture into the wild.

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