Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger program gives kids a chance to explore a state park.  By becoming a Junior Ranger, 6-12 year old visitors will get involved with plants, animals and park protection.  The Junior Ranger program is run at most state park campgrounds by park staff and hosts.  Be careful, though.  Rumor has it that being a Junior Ranger is so much fun, grown men and women have been masquerading as kids to get in.  We may have to start asking for ID.
Be a Junior Ranger brochure.


Junior Ranger Duties

After young visitors enroll in the program, they receive a Junior Ranger Passport.  By completing activities, they receive passport stamps.  When they fill their passport with stamps, the Junior Rangers receive awards. Activities include:

A passport is available at selected state parks from the Park Host or Park staff.


Aside from the deep personal satisfaction every Junior Ranger feels after filling a passport page with stamps, there's the cool stuff that goes with it.

Each time Junior Rangers complete an activity, their passports will be stamped by a Park Host or other staff.  When the first page has at least four stamps, the young visitor shows the passport to park staff person and receives:

Who is J.R. Beaver?

J.R. is the mascot of the Junior Ranger Program. J.R. helps  children through their duties and “talks” to them about natural resources.  J.R. keeps pretty busy.  You can often see him at the State Fair, and at some local events and parades.  Call your local park office about the possibility of a J.R. appearance in your neck of the woods.

Where are the programs offered?

Junior Ranger programs are offered at most campgrounds that have staff or hosts on hand.  Some day-use parks also offer the program.  Here is a complete list of parks that offer J.R. programming.  Also, go to the events calendar and search for J.R. programs by selecting "For Kids" under the event category menu.

Beverly Beach
Brian Booth (Beaver Creek NA)
Bullards Beach
Cape Blanco
Cape Lookout
Carl G. Washburne
Collier Memorial
Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center
Detroit Lake
Devil’s Lake

Emigrant Springs
Farewell Bend
Fort Stevens
Harris Beach
Jessie M. Honeyman
Humbug Mountain
Mark O. Hatfield West – Visitor Center
Milo McIver
Nehalem Bay
Prineville Reservoir
Rooster Rock
Silver Falls
South Beach                                                              Joseph H. Stewart
L. L. Stub Stewart
Sumpter Dredge

Sunset Bay
The Cove Palisades
Tryon Creek
Valley of the Rogue
Vista House
Wallowa Lake