Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Just For Kids


Help take care of your national treasures!

Anyone between the ages of 5 and 12 can become a Junior Park Ranger at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. There are challenging activities in our Junior Ranger Book that you can do when you visit the park. Learn more about the stuff that makes up the scenery.

Stop by the South Rim Visitor Center for more information and to pick up your free Junior Ranger Book.

Advanced Junior Ranger Camp


Fun Summer Program For Kids!

Do you know students from local communities who are looking for a fun and exciting way to spend their summer? We've got just the program! The Annual Advanced Junior Ranger Camp invites local youngsters to explore their national parks through games, hikes, hands-on science, skits, and demonstrations.

The eight week program was a great success in its first run, summer of 2005. Students created a model of the Black Canyon using play-do, and cut away layer after layer while learning about geology, rock formation, and erosion. They watched a volcano bubble over, and learned how volcanic rocks are formed. Curecanti Advanced Junior Rangers donned knee-high rubber boots and learned first hand what aquatic critters can tell us about stream quality.


Ecosystems of the World

Advanced junior rangers study ecosystems from around the world.

Participants at both parks learned about local plants and animals, how to respect the outdoors by following the ethics of Leave No Trace, animal migration, water, geology, conservation of natural resources, and habitats. The summer culminated with a family camping trip, during which time the participants were presented with their official Advanced Junior Ranger badge.

This annual summer program is open to third and fourth graders, and is available at either Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park or Curecanti National Recreation Area. We ask that the participants commit to attending the program on a weekly basis throughout the summer.

If you have any questions about the program, or would like to register your child, please contact Education Specialist Susanna Ausema at (970) 641-2337 ext. 203.