Junior Ranger Program

Junior Ranger PatchWelcome to the Maryland Park Service Junior Ranger Program. This program is built around the people and places that make Maryland so special. During this six session program, Junior Rangers will explore the parks natural and historical areas, learn stewardship, and explore recreational opportunities. The best part of becoming a Junior Rangers though is receiving patches of completion and having the opportunity to continue on to bigger and better programs with the Maryland Park Service. Check out Junior Ranger programs for 2013.

Throughout the year, Rangers and naturalists lead children and teens, ages 7- 14 years, through the fundamentals of environmental education and stewardship. Junior Rangers can earn three achievement awards: Basic, Advanced and Expert. Once they complete their Expert Achievement award, they begin to earn patches in our more self guided levels, such as Naturalist, Explorer, Conservationist and Guide.

Junior Rangers at Deep Creek Lake

Requirements for Levels

Programs vary year to year but each session will cover the following: Parks and Park Rangers, Plants, Animals, Planet Earth, Conservation, and People. Junior Rangers is a multi-disciplined outdoor education program with four main outcomes:

  1. To provide a meaningful and enjoyable environmental education experience for youth who visit Maryland State Forests and Parks.
  2. To foster in youth a sense of stewardship towards Maryland's natural resources.
  3. To assist youth in developing an environmental and outdoor ethic that will influence their decisions in life.
  4. To create an awareness and interest in careers in the Department of Natural Resources.

Sprouts

The Junior Ranger Sprout program is offered to children 2-4 years of age with the goal of getting young children comfortable and excited about our natural and historical surroundings. Join the Park Ranger, Naturalist, or Historian on a hands on mini adventure in the great outdoors. The Sprout program is only available at select locations. Please check with your State Park for more information.

Park Pals

The Junior Ranger Park Pals program is offered to children 3-7 years of age and is aimed at getting younger children acclimated to the outdoors and prepared for the Junior Ranger Program. Join the Park Ranger, Naturalist, or Historian for great programs and adventures throughout the park. The Park Pals program is only available at select locations. Please check with your State Park for more information.

Maryland Teen Ranger

The Maryland Teen Ranger is the perfect solution to your teenagers question of what do I do now! The Maryland Teen Ranger program is a new program developed to serve the needs of young adults 13-17 years of age and to provide extended opportunity to Junior Ranger graduates, teenagers who did not have the opportunity to attend Junior Rangers, and also school groups looking to become more involved in their local communities and parks.

The mission of the Maryland Teen Rangers is to engage teens in learning, leadership, and service activities that promote the health and well-being of self, community and the natural world.

Maryland Teen Ranger Park Program

The Maryland Teen Ranger Park Program is a program set up individually by the Park Rangers to better serve the parks and participants needs. The program consists of six sessions, covering Parks and Park Rangers, Plants, Animals, Planet Earth, Conservation, and People, but each session focuses on self-exploration, leadership development, mentorship, and service. The Maryland Teen Ranger program is a great stepping stone into seasonal employment, the Civic Justice Corp, and the Maryland Conservation Corp.

Maryland Teen Ranger School Program

The Maryland Teen Ranger School Program works with specific schools to create a personalized program filled with environmental education, recreational opportunities, and service. The program consists of six sessions, covering Parks and Park Rangers, Plants, Animals, Planet Earth, Conservation, and People, but each session focuses on leadership development, mentorship, and service. Projects for service focus on three areas: school grounds, community neighborhoods, and State Parks.

To learn more about the Maryland Teen Ranger program, please contact a park near you.

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