Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Just For Kids

Explore Big Bend!

Big Bend National Park offers many opportunities for children. This unique desert region provides opportunities for exploration. To make the most of your visit, complete a junior ranger activity booklet to earn a badge or patch!

Discover Big Bend

There are many online resources for learning about Big Bend National Park and the National Park Service. If you are writing a school report, or just want to learn more about your parks, visit the History (, Flora & Fauna ( and Places To Go ( sections of this website.

Become a Junior Ranger:

Discover Big Bend history, the parts of a cactus, and what javelina eat! The Big Bend Junior Ranger program is designed for kids of all ages. Through activities, games, and puzzles, kids can have fun as they learn about the park. Required activities include attending a ranger-led program, visiting a historic area, hiking on a park trail, and completing activity pages that encourage direct experience and discovery learning in diverse park environments. They can also earn stickers, badges, patches, and certificates. Both children and adults benefit by sharing the fun of becoming a Big Bend Junior Ranger.

What is a Junior Ranger?

A junior ranger is someone who, after attending ranger programs and completing activities in a workbook, promises to take care of Big Bend and other national parks. It is a great way to learn and have fun in the park!


How does it work?

While visiting Big Bend National Park, pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Booklet at any park visitor center. They cost only $2.00. Complete the appropriate activities for your age group (listed inside) and return the booklet to any visitor center. A park ranger will review your book with you.

When your booklet is completed you will receive:

    * A Junior Ranger Badge or a Junior Ranger Patch

    * A Big Bend Wildlife Bookmark

    * An official Junior Ranger Certificate to frame and enjoy