Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger Program is a free summer program for children ages 5-12.
There are two levels:

  • Park Pal is for ages 5-8
  • Outdoor Adventurer is for ages 9-12

Registration & Activity Packets


Registration is closed for the 2016 season.
When you register online, you will be emailed a link to download the activity packets for the appropriate age group. Online registration is available May - July 25. The activities in the program packets can be completed on your own time throughout the summer within our Burlington County Parks.

There are also individual events led by our park staff from July - August that coincide with the topics in the Junior Ranger activity packets. These events take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Saturday mornings. Please note that those who reside in Burlington County will receive first priority over non-residents for event registrations.  You have to register your child for these events in addition to the overall Junior Ranger Program. Registration for events will be open 2 weeks prior to the event, and you will receive an email reminder to notify you. Contact the Parks Department at 609-265-5858 or via email with any questions. 

Parent / Guardian Accompaniment


Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate in the Junior Ranger events, and parents / guardians should be prepared to stay for the duration of the event, which is typically ranges from about 1 hour – an hour and a half.

What to Bring to Park Events


Wear light colored clothing and sneakers and socks – no flip flops, sandals or crocs! Bring insect repellent and bottled water. A hat is recommended.

Junior Ranger Event Schedule & Description


Registration is required for all events and is separate from the overall program registration. Those who are registered for the overall Junior Ranger Program will receive the full event schedule with park locations and times, as well as an email reminder when registration is open for an event.

Color Hike

for ages 5-8
While searching for different colors on a short nature walk, students will learn how both camouflage and bright colors are used for protection and survival.



Habitat Observations

for ages 9-12
Students will visit many different habitats (forest, field, wetland, open water) and observe the different species found in each.

Trees As Habitats

for ages 5-8
Students will learn how trees provide a home for many plants and animals by taking a closer look at the things that live on trees

Trees As Natural Resources

for ages 9-12
Students will participate in activities that show how trees are used for everything from wood and paper to rubber and fruit. 

Scavenger Hunt

for ages 5-8
Students will start with a fun game to recognize natural objects by using the sense of touch. Then we will go on a scavenger hunt around the park to find as many of the natural objects as possible.

Dragonflies

for ages 9-12
Take a walk around Long Bridge to look for different kinds of dragonflies and damselflies.


Finding Your Way

for ages 5-8
A fun event for the whole family! Everyone will work in teams to complete a quest using a special “treasure” map. A great way to learn how to use a map to find your way around our parks.

Rocks & Minerals

for ages 9-12
Take a walk around Amico Island and examine the different minerals and rocks found there.


Butterfly Life Cycle

for ages 5-8
Take a walk among the flowers to look for butterflies in all parts of their life cycle

Bird Adaptations

for ages 9-12
Through participating in the “Bird Beak Feeding Challenge,” students will figure out what types of food different birds eat & how birds are adapted to eat a certain type of food.

Seining

for ages 5-8 and 9-12
We will use special nets to uncover aquatic insects and other small invertebrates that are often overlooked. Wear waterproof boots.