A few years back, my wife and I were introduced to the Junior Ranger Program at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. He took a Ranger class about the volcano at the outdoor amphitheater located at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. The class was between 30 and 40 minutes and we, parents, took a short walk through the observatory and gift shop while our son and his cousin took the class. The thing he enjoyed most was earning his Junior Forest Ranger Badge.
While at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, I asked the Ranger if they had a Junior Ranger program. The park has a guide book of activities that the junior ranger must complete to earn their badge. His age group must complete 8 activities to have a Ranger check their work to earn the Junior Ranger Badge. It is not a difficult process, but it is one that keeps your child engaged in the National Park as your family tours the sights. Many of the factoids they learn enriches the park experience for everyone involved.
If you and your family visit a National Park this summer be sure to ask the Ranger about the free Junior Ranger program.