Yosemite’s popular Junior Ranger program inspires kids to explore the outdoors, fall in love with national parks and develop healthy habits from an early age. With support from Conservancy donors, Yosemite’s Junior Ranger programming has expanded in recent years to provide activities throughout the park, leverage new technology and sustainable materials, and more.

In 2016, park staff led more than 460 formal walks and talks for young visitors, offered informal pop-up programs in Yosemite Village and around Glacier Point, and coordinated special activities for Junior Ranger Day (April) and the National Park Service Centennial (August). By the end of the year, thousands of new junior rangers had earned their one-of-a-kind wooden Yosemite badges, taken the time-honored “Explore, learn, protect” oath, and learned about the natural resources and the legacy of national parks through interactive programming, educational worksheets and stewardship projects.

Your gifts helped fund a popular program that inspires the next generation of Yosemite protectors. Thank you for supporting your park!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.


Andy Fristesnky

Branch Chief of Field Interpretation

Project Notes

Each year, we have had dramatic increases in the number of children that have left Yosemite National Park as Junior Rangers, proudly wearing their new badge. We are constantly evaluating and improving our junior ranger programs to provide the most effective opportunities for young visitors to learn about and experience Yosemite’s incredible resources.