One of the things on my bucket list is to visit The Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon was carved out by the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States. The Grand Canyon is about a mile deep and separates the Grand Canyon area into the North Rim and the South Rim. In general though, when people mention the rims, they are talking about the national park villages on the eastern part of the canyon that are developed with overlooks and hotels by the National Park Service. There are no bridges for vehicles going from the North Rim to the South Rim. It is about a five-hour drive to get from the North Rim Village to the South Rim Village.
There are many different activities – Become a Junior Ranger, adventure hikes, biking the rim, seeing the stars, ride on a restored WWII-era passenger train with a mock train robbery, or take a boat trip on the river. The Junior Ranger Program caught our eye.
The Grand Canyon National Park’s Junior Ranger Program offers an age specific curriculum to help kids learn about the Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural history while participating in fun activities. To earn an official certificate and badge, children are asked to complete four specific age-appropriate activities and attend a ranger-led program. There are three badges – The South Rim Junior Rangers, The North Rim Junior Rangers and the Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger.
OK, now where are the badges for Moms?
What is a Junior Ranger?
Junior Rangers help to preserve and protect national parks. They learn about nature and history, have fun exploring the parks, and tell their friends, families, and schoolmates about their adventures. Junior Rangers continue to protect the environment at home and at school.
How can you become a Junior Ranger?
Based on what part of the canyon you visit, pick up one of the Junior Ranger Books described below. Complete the activity requirements within the book and bring it back to a visitor center before you leave the park.
South Rim + North Rim + Phantom Ranch – Arizona
The South Rim is open all year. The North Rim closes for the winter.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Address: Grand Canyon National Park, PO Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Phone: (928) 638-7888