Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Please click on the following link for the official Hagerman Fossil Beds Junior Ranger Program:


The Hagerman Fossil Beds Junior Ranger program is open to children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old; however, they did let my 5 year old daughter participate in the program. Participants choose from a variety of activities to earn their Junior Ranger badge. You can take a short hike, visit the Monument on the self-guided auto tour, or search the Visitor Center for the correct answers. Junior Ranger booklets are available for free at the Hagerman Fossil Beds Visitor Center. The activities take about 1 – 2 hours to complete.

In this blog, I will discuss the requirements for completing the Junior Ranger Program for ages 6-9 years old.

Requirements for Junior Ranger Program ages 6-9 years old:

1. Read and sign the Junior Ranger Pledge.
2. Complete 5 of the 9 activities in the Junior Ranger booklet.

The activities are as follows:

1. Watch introductory DVD at the visitor center.
2. Word search puzzle
3. Maze puzzle
4. Identify Hagerman Horse bones
5. Create Naturalist notebook
6. Scrambled word puzzle
7. Pick up litter
8. Fossil Beds bingo
9. Fossil Beds crossword puzzle

We visited the monument on June 6, 2008. My daughter watched the introductory DVD then wrote about what she learned from the DVD and then drew a picture of what she learned. She then completed the Maze puzzle. At the visitor center, they have a replica of a Hagerman Horse skeleton. She was able to look at the skeleton to identify and complete the Hagerman Horse bones activity. To complete the Naturalist notebook, you needed to draw or write about something you observed at the Monument. We went to the Oregon Trail Overlook for this activity. She completed the Fossil Beds bingo for her last activity.

The program was fairly easy for my daughter to complete. The visitor center has several activities for kids to do, like digging in sand for bones, fossil displays that you can look at and touch and coloring activities. It is a small center and at the time of our trip was also the temporary visitor center for the Minidoka Internment camp. There was not much to see a the monument itself. We did walk a short distance on the emigrant trail and were able to see parts of the Oregon Trail.

After completing the activities, we returned to the Visitor Center where my daughter took the Junior Ranger Pledge and received her badge. Please see picture below. Hagerman Fossil Beds does not have a patch for their program.