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


You can register for the Junior Ranger Park Pal Program here

You can register for the Junior Ranger Outdoor Adventurer Program here

Registration is open from May 4 - July 25.

When you register online for the overall program, you will receive a link to download the activity packet for the appropriate age group. The activities in the program packets can be completed on your own time throughout the summer within our Burlington County Parks.  Students who complete the activity packet can receive a unique Junior Ranger souvenir patch each year they participate!

all junior ranger patches

There are also individual events led by our park staff from June - August that coincide with the topics in the Junior Ranger activity packets. These events take place on Wednesday, Thursday, 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 with any questions.

childrens butterfly program

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 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 Descriptions

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.  

Date
Time
Title
Location
Age group
Description
Wed June 27
10am
Insects
Amico Island
5-8

Children will first learn what makes an insect an insect; then go on a walk to look for different kinds of insects. 


Thurs June 28
10am
Birding
Boundary Creek
9-12

Learn more about birds by observing them with a Park Naturalist. Binoculars can be borrowed if you do not have your own. 


Sat June 30
10am

Birding


Boundary Creek
9-12
Learn more about birds by observing them with a Park Naturalist. Binoculars can be borrowed if you do not have your own.
Wed July 11
10am
Tree-mendous Leaves
Smith's Woods
9-12

Participants will be given leaf cards and will go on a search to find the leaf that matches the identity of that tree! Played in a relay-race style format with teams. 


Thurs July 12
10am
Etch & Sketch
Smith's Woods
5-8

Walk around the park with a Park Ranger and create a nature journal of what you see! We will provide paper, pencil, and crayons for sketching your favorite objects in the park. We will conclude with etched rubbing plates to complete your journal pages. For ages 5-8. Registration in Junior Ranger is required. 



Sat July 14
10am
Etch & Sketch
Smith's Woods
5-8

Walk around the park with a Park Ranger and create a nature journal of what you see! We will provide paper, pencil, and crayons for sketching your favorite objects in the park. We will conclude with etched rubbing plates to complete your journal pages. For ages 5-8. Registration in Junior Ranger is required. 


Wed July 18
10am
Animal Tracks
Long Bridge
5-8

Use your tracking skills to hunt for signs of animal life. Discover who has been here and what they might have been doing. 



Thurs July 19
10am
Environmental Clue
Amico Island
9-12

Participants will be detectives in this "Clue" style game to identify and solve an environmental problem that is causing harm to the ecosystem.


Sat July 21
10am
Animal Tracks
Long Bridge
5-8

Use your tracking skills to hunt for signs of animal life. Discover who has been here and what they might have been doing. 



Wed July 25
10am

Food chains


Long Bridge
9-12

Participants will learn the importance and sensitivity of plants and animals in the web of life by playing the "food chain game" and becoming a link in the chain.


Thurs July 26
10am

Map Adventures


Boundary Creek
5-12

A fun event for the whole family! Everyone will work in teams to complete a quest using a special map. A great way to learn orienteering with a map. 



Sat July 28
10am
Map Adventures
Boundary Creek
5-12

A fun event for the whole family! Everyone will work in teams to complete a quest using a special map. A great way to learn orienteering with a map.


Wed Aug 1
10am
Butterflies
Smith's Woods
5-8

Take a closer look at butterflies in all parts of their life cycle at the butterfly garden.



Thurs Aug 2
10am
Butterflies
Smith's Woods
9-12

Take a closer look at butterflies while exploring habitats along the park trails.



Sat Aug 4
10am
Butterflies
Smith's Woods
5-8 & 9-12
Take a closer look at butterflies in all parts of their life cycle at the butterfly garden.



Wed Aug 8
10am
Conservation & Endangered Species
Boundary Creek
9-12

Learn about the importance of conserving our natural resources through role-playing, then go on a quick walk focusing on threatened and endangered species in our area. 


Thurs Aug 9
10am
Scavenger Hunt
Long Bridge
5-8

Join us to look for real natural objects hidden amongst the trails! 



Sat Aug 11
10am
Scavenger Hunt
Long Bridge
5-8 & 9-12

Join us to look for real natural objects hidden amongst the trails in the woods!