The Everglades Junior Ranger Program

junior rangerThe National Park Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program held in most parks across the United States, including the Everglades. Junior Rangers are usually between the ages of 5 and 13 years old. The motto of the Junior Ranger program is “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” Children take an oath as junior rangers to help protect parks and to learn about parks, while also sharing their ranger story with family and friends.

For children who want to become a junior ranger, they will participate in a bunch of activities during a visit to the park, share answers with a park ranger, and receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate.

The mission of the program is to connect children and young people to national parks through hands-on, guided, and self-guided activities. The hope is to create future generations who explore and care about the existence and importance of these parks.

In the Everglades and online the Junior Ranger book is available in English, Spanish and Creole but is currently removed as it is being made compliant for those with disabilities. If you would like a digital copy of the any of these languages, you can email  the Everglades National Park to request a copy to be emailed to you.

Ride Around the Everglades on An Airboat

After a run day exploring with your Junior Ranger(s), you can sit back and explode the Everglades in a different way: on an airboat tour.

An airboat tour is fun for visitors of all ages. You will see things on this tour you may not get to see by foot.

To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Private Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. We are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax).