Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger activity at Milo McIver State Park

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The Junior Ranger Passport program gives kids a chance to explore a state park. By becoming a Junior Ranger, 6-12 year old visitors will get involved with plants, animals and park protection. The Junior Ranger Passport program is run at most state park campgrounds by park staff and hosts. Be careful, though. Rumor has it that being a Junior Ranger is so much fun, grown men and women have been masquerading as kids to get in. We may have to start asking for ID.


Junior Ranger Duties

After young visitors enroll in the program, they receive a Junior Ranger Passport. By completing activities, they receive passport stamps. When they fill their passport with stamps, the Junior Rangers receive awards. Activities include:

  • Discover a park "secret";
  • Recycle;
  • Attend a park program and learn about the environment;
  • Find and identify three special plants or animals;
  • Keep your part of the park clean;
  • Learn how to be safe.

A passport is available at selected state parks, listed below, from the Park Host or Park staff.


Aside from the deep personal satisfaction every Junior Ranger feels after filling a passport page with stamps, there's the cool stuff that goes with it.

Each time Junior Rangers complete an activity, their passports will be stamped by a Park Host or other staff. When the first page has at least four stamps, the young visitor shows the passport to park staff person and receives:

  • The Junior Ranger badge;
  • The secret Junior Ranger greeting;
  • On the next camping trip, the Junior Ranger can complete another activity page. On the third trip, the youth can finish the last activity page and show the finished passport to park staff to get a Junior Ranger patch and a special certificate signed by J.R. Beaver.

Who is J.R. Beaver?

J.R. is the mascot of the Junior Ranger Program. J.R. helps  children through their duties and “talks” to them about natural resources. J.R. keeps pretty busy. You can often see him at the State Fair, and at some local events and parades. Call your local park office about the possibility of a J.R. appearance in your neck of the woods.

Where are the programs offered?

The Junior Ranger Passport program is offered at most campgrounds that have staff or hosts on hand. Some day-use parks also offer the program. Here is a list of parks that offer J.R. Passports. Also, go to the events calendar and search for Youth programs by selecting "For Kids" under the event category menu. Contact each park separately for details on its programs.

Ainsworth Devil's Lake Rooster Rock
Beachside Emigrant Springs Silver Falls
Beverly Beach Farewell Bend South Beach
Brian Booth (Beaver Creek NA) Fort Stevens Joseph H. Stewart
Bullards Beach Harris Beach L.L. Stub Stewart
Cascara Campground @ Fall Creek Res. Jessie M. Honeyman Sumpter Dredge
Cape Blanco Humbug Mountain Sunset Bay
Cape Lookout LaPine The Cove Palisades
Carl G. Washburne Mark O. Hatfield West-Visitor Center Tryon Creek
Champoeg Memaloose Tumalo
Collier Memorial Milo McIver Valley of the Rogue
Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center Nehalem Bay Vista House
Detroit Lake Prineville Reservoir Wallowa Lake


Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details.