Junior Ranger Program
Children ages 4 and older can earn a badge by completing the Junior Ranger Handbook and attending at least one ranger-led walk or talk. The handbook is available for free at park visitor centers and the Zion Human History Museum.

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Youth Programs

Children’s programs are designed specifically for families and children. Children must be accompanied by an adult while attending all programs. Stay for just a minute or stay for over an hour for these drop-in programs.

Programs will be offered from April to August at the Zion Nature Center, Zion Lodge, and other locations throughout the park. Check park information centers for where, when and topics.

In these free, family-oriented programs, children will learn about Zion National Park and the natural world through hands-on activities, hikes, and lessons designed especially for them.

April through mid-August. Youth Programs are held daily at the Nature Center and throughout the park. Check the Park Map and Guide or at park information centers for specific times, locations and subjects.

Activities are outside, so dress comfortably and appropriately for outdoor activities. Please bring water. Hats and sunscreen are recommended on sunny days and rain gear if the weather looks stormy. Close-toed shoes preferred. No flip-flops.

InternPreston_PlantsAndAnimals_LowerEPoolsTrail_JrRanger_2014 NPS_72dpi_1Walks

Emerald Pools Trailhead
Discover Zion’s amazing animals and explore the secrets of Heaps Canyon and the Emerald Pools.

Weeping Rock Trailhead
Explore the forces of water and geology, and enjoy stories of early explorers.

Temple of Sinawava Shuttle Stop
Learn about the wonderful ways that water affects animals and shapes Zion Canyon.


Educational Outreach Programs

Curriculum-based, in-class educational programs are available each spring and fall for 3rd to 5th grades. These outreach programs are offered to elementary schools in Washington County and other areas within a 50-mile radius of Zion. more…

Zion National Park Children’s’ Programs receive funding through donations to the Zion National Park Foundation.

The goal of the Foundation is to help create ‘Stewards for the Future’ of our National Parks.

Currently, our fundraising focus is Zion’s Youth Education Initiative to expand the park’s efforts to engage youth and promote positive experiences in the parks. Your support will touch the lives of thousands of children, which, in turn, will help assure the future of the park you love so dearly.

2014 JrRangerProgram_YouthInstructorTasnuva_Sellar Storytellers_NPS 4_jpegFor more information about park specific Jr. Ranger Programs, click on the following links:

Zion Jr. Ranger Program    Cedar Breaks Jr. Ranger Program    Pipe Spring Jr. Ranger Program

Other educational opportunities to help your family connect with your parks:

       Check the ranger-led activity schedule

       For Teachers

       Kids Helping the Park and the Planet

       Parents-Grandparents-Teachers Helping Kids



DSCN1510_JrRangerBook_Badge_96dpi_1Junior Ranger Activity Booklet: Children ages 4 and older can earn a Junior Ranger Badge by completing an activity booklet during their visit. Booklets are free at all visitor centers and the Zion Human History Museum. Please allow  several hours to complete this booklet as activities include traveling throughout the parks in search of cool things to discover.

Web Rangers: Now you can be a Junior Ranger even if you are not able to visit Zion. By clicking here, you become a member of a growing number of young people who are interested in the world around them and involved with their nation’s heritage…The Web Rangers.

The Zion National Park Junior Ranger Program is supported by and receives additional ZNHA-102funding through the Zion National Park Foundation. Your donations and bookstore purchases help to sustain this and other family-friendly experiences at Zion National Park.

Check out the ZNHA bookstore for Junior Ranger products and fun books, puzzles, and activities for kids.

The Zion National Park Foundation provides additional funding for this program.

Other Family Programs in Zion Park
The “Explore Zion” Custom Adventures offered by The Zion Canyon Field Institute can be designed especially for your family. Call for more information: (435) 772-3264 or 1-800-635-3959. View all Programs and Seminars of the Zion Canyon Field Institute.

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