Junior Ranger Program at Badlands National Park | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
  • Junior Ranger Program at Badlands National Park

    The Junior Ranger Program is for kids and youth who enjoy adventure, exploring, nature and history. Being a Junior Ranger means making a special promise to help take care of national parks and the life that lives there.

The Junior Ranger Program is for kids and youth who enjoy adventure, exploring, nature and history. Being a Junior Ranger means making a special promise to help take care of national parks and the life that lives there. They inspire others and set a wonderful example to take care of the Badlands' natural and cultural wonders. 

Year Round

 There are Junior Ranger activity books that can be picked up at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center throughout the year. Complete all of the activities in the booklet and watch the exciting park movie or attend a daily ranger-guided program (summer only) to earn your official Badlands National Park Junior Ranger badge and a signed certificate. Return your completed book to a ranger or the visitor center desk and take the Junior Ranger pledge. 

June-August

 The summer is the perfect time to become a Junior Ranger. With many fun and exciting activities happening daily, it's always a surprise! You might explore bizarre rock formations, hike, or play exciting games to help you understand more about the park. At the end of the program you'll be awarded an official Badlands National Park Junior Ranger badge. Stop by the Ben Reifel Visitor center for program times and locations.