Grand Teton National Park Junior Ranger Program

Please click on the following link for the Official Grand Teton National Park Junior Ranger Program:

http://www.nps.gov/grte/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm

The Junior Ranger program is open to children and adults of all ages. I was told there was no age limit. There were actually two adults at the Ranger led program, that we attended, completing the Junior Ranger program. There is a $1.00 donation for the program, which is called the The Grand Adventure , and is available at any park visitor center. You can also click on the link to download the four page activity newspaper. Once the program is completed you earn a patch or badge.

In this blog, I will discuss the requirements of completing the Junior Ranger Program for ages 7 and under and discuss what activities my daughter completed to become a Junior Ranger.

Requirements for Junior Ranger Program ages 7 and under.

1. Complete pages 3 & 4 plus Bingo
2. Attend one Ranger program
3. Attend a second Ranger program or go on one hike or watch a park video.
4. Follow the Junior Ranger Code.
5. Take the Junior Ranger Pledge.

The activity pages were fairly easily for my 5 year old daughter. They included where do the animals live, draw a sign to teach people how to protect wildlife, an alphabet code puzzle and ranger bingo.

We visited the park on June 4, 2008. We picked up the Grand Adventure at the visitor center at Colter Bay. As we were driving to the visitor, we noticed a lot of people gathering at the edge of the parking lot. There was a fox den about 10 yards off the walk way and there were 3 pups and their mother playing. It was an amazing sight. After getting the Grand Adventure, we had lunch just north of the visitors center on tables overlooking Jackson lake. After lunch we attended a 20 minute program called Teton’s Topics put on by one of their Naturalists. The program explained the cultural history of Grand Teton National Park and some of the people who made it what it is today. My daughter had a hard time understanding what was being delivered, which was due to her age; however, she was able to repeat back to the Naturalist some of the important topics discussed. After the presentation we hiked on the Lake Shore Trail which was a 1 mile long hike. There was no elevation change and was a very easy hike.

It was an easy Junior Ranger Program for my daughter. My 3 year old daughter completed it as well with a little help. After completing the program, we went back to the visitor center were my daughter answered a few questions asked by the ranger, she took the Junior Ranger Pledge and was given a patch and badge. We donated an extra dollar so we could get both. Patches are so much nicer than badges. The patch looks similar to whats is posted on the NPS website, but instead of naturalist, it has Junior Ranger on it. Please see scanned patch and badge below. The staff at Grand Teton NP were very nice and helpful.