Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger Passport 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 Passport 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.
 
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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.

Awards

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?

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

Ainsworth Devil's Lake Rooster Rock
Beachside Emigrant Springs Silver Falls
Beverly Beach Farewell Bend South Beach
Brian Booth (Beaver Creek NA) Fort Stevens Joseph H. Stewart
Bullards Beach Harris Beach L.L. Stub Stewart
Cascara Campground @ Fall Creek Res. Jessie M. Honeyman Sumpter Dredge
Cape Blanco Humbug Mountain Sunset Bay
Cape Lookout LaPine The Cove Palisades
Carl G. Washburne Mark O. Hatfield West-Visitor Center Tryon Creek
Champoeg Memaloose Tumalo
Collier Memorial Milo McIver Valley of the Rogue
Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center Nehalem Bay Vista House
Detroit Lake Prineville Reservoir Wallowa Lake