Junior Ranger Programs at Grand Teton N.P.

Ranger Clay Hanna with Junior Ranger Hayden. (Top Photo)
Ranger Rich Fedorchak with Junior Rangers. (Bottom Photo)

June 23, 2009
Grand Teton National Park has scheduled a variety of activities and learning experiences throughout the summer months to inspire children and encourage them to become partners in helping to preserve not only Grand Teton, but all of America’s national parks. As the National Park Service’s signature initiative for young visitors, the Junior Ranger program provides children with age-appropriate, park-related activities that they can do at their own pace. The official Junior Ranger slogan, “Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger,” captures the essence of a program designed to educate children about nature, wildlife and our nation’s history.

There are three ways to become a Junior Ranger in Grand Teton. The first option is for children to fill out the fun activities in “The Grand Adventure” newspaper and attend two programs, one of which must be ranger-led. The second option is for children ages 8-12 to attend a more hands-on program hosted at each of the park’s visitor centers. The third option is to explore the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve with a nature explorer’s backpack. Once participants have completed the required activities, they will be sworn in as official Junior Rangers and presented with a badge or patch (a donation of $1 is requested for these items). Reservations are required and can be made at any park visitor center.

Grand Teton National Park Junior Ranger programs include:
Offered Sundays and Thursdays, June 1 – August 13, 2009
1:30 p.m. at the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center fireplace

Jenny Lake:
Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, June 1 – August 14, 2009
1:30 p.m. at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center flagpole

Colter Bay:
Offered Tuesdays and Saturdays, June 1 – August 15, 2009
1:30 p.m. at the Colter Bay Visitor Center flagpole

Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Preserve:
Offered everyday, June 22 – September 27, 2009
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the LSR Preserve Center
Children learn the art of journaling while discovering the wonders of the natural world using a nature explorer’s backpack. After a brief orientation by a ranger, each child receives their own nature journal and set of activities to take with them as they explore the LSR Preserve trails. Backpacks may be checked out during the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This program is recommended for children ages 6-12. Backpacks are limited, one per family. A similar program is available at the Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 532 North Cache in Jackson. Please call 734.9378 for further information.

For more information on Grand Teton’s Junior Ranger programs, contact the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399, Colter Bay Visitor Center at 307.739.3594, or LSR Preserve Center 307.739.3654.