Did you know that sand dunes move? or that sailors sent messages with flags? or how to identify a Pitcher’s thistle? Become a Junior Ranger, and through activities, games, and puzzles, you’ll learn this and more. Required activities include attending a ranger-led program (or creating your own), doing a service project (picking up trash, recycling, or a project of your own), and completing activities that encourage direct experience and discovery learning in different park environments. You can earn a badge, a patch, and a certificate. It’s fun for the whole family!

What is a Junior Ranger?
A junior ranger is someone who, after completing the requirements, promises to take care of Sleeping Bear Dunes and other national parks. The Junior Ranger program is a fun way to learn about Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and about how you can help protect the park; just like our park rangers!

How does it work?
While visiting the park, stop by the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire, the Dune Center Bookstore at the Dune Climb, or the Glen Haven General Store to get your copy of the Junior Ranger Book. The books are FREE! Complete the activities and requirements (outlined in the book), take the book to a ranger station (visitor center, campground, island ranger station), and a ranger will review your book with you.