Yellowstone Junior Ranger Programs for Kids

Junior Ranger Program, Young Scientist Program, and Ranger-Led Activities for Children 4-13 years old. Get your activity booklet at Visitor Centers.
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Gilaine Spoto leading program at Madison Junior Ranger Station. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

Gilaine Spoto leading program at Madison Junior Ranger Station. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco

Your children will love a trip to Yellowstone National Park just as much as you do—if you plan it right. Here are a few kid-specific activities designed just for them!

Junior Ranger Program for Children Ages 5-12

Kids love waving their badge of honor proving they’re one of Yellowstone’s finest, albeit youngest, rangers. Pay the small additional fee at either the Mammoth or Old Faithful visitor center to obtain the activity booklet, and enjoy checking things off the list as your family makes its way through Yellowstone. Designed for kids between 5 and 12 years old, activities required to get the patch include attending a ranger talk and going on a hike. A winter activity booklet is specially designed for the colder months.

Young Scientist Program for Children Ages 5-13

Calling all future Einsteins. For a small fee, youngsters ages 5 to 13 can complete a series of activities to earn a badge or key chain. Packets for kids 5 to 9 are available at the Old Faithful Visitor Center; 10-13 year-olds must complete two explorations, one found at the Old Faithful Visitor Center, the other at the Canyon Visitor Education Center.

Ranger-Led Activities for Children

Youngsters will love the series of children-specific ranger programs offered throughout the summer at Yellowstone. The offerings change from year to year, so check the Yellowstone National Park website to check up on the current menu. Past programs have included family bonfires and ranger presentations geared toward kids.

Expedition: Yellowstone! for Children Ages 4-8

Spend a night in the park, learn about Yellowstone’s ecosystems and study land stewardship in the area: Expedition: Yellowstone! is a four-to-five-day-long adventure for school groups of kids ages 4-8 years old. The “expedition” can be customized to meet the needs of the particular group.

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