The National Park Service Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program conducted in almost all national park sites to help children explore and learn about a park in engaging ways, but participation isn’t always free. At Mount Rushmore, children of all ages can participate FOR FREE! Thanks to donor support, we provide booklets and Junior Ranger pins to more than 25,000 children annually.
At Mount Rushmore, we have four different options: the Junior Ranger Trainee Activity Booklet for ages 3-4; the Junior Ranger Activity Booklet for ages 5-12; the Rushmore Ranger Activity Booklet for ages 13 and up; as well as the online Junior Ranger Quest version explained below. Stop by the Information Center or Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center for the printed version.
Junior Ranger Quest gives kids another option to completing the Junior Ranger Program. Users may participate in up to 16 challenges while taking the Mount Rushmore Multimedia Tour. Once users complete 12 of 16 challenges, they show their device to a ranger at the Information Center desk and receive a Junior Ranger badge, just like the written Junior Ranger program. Although it’s best played at the park, the game is available as a free download on the App Store and Google Play or by searching for “Junior Ranger Quest.”