Sign Up To Be A Junior Forest Ranger!
One of the things the kids did during the rainy weekend was sign up to become a Junior Forest Ranger. This free program offered from the USDA Forest Service, is tailored for kids ages 6-12 interested in learning more about our National Forests and beyond. Our family is strong advocates of the outdoors, and this program is all about protecting nature and its’ offerings. It’s simple to get started and the process was rewarding not only for the kids, but for us parents too. (Bonus: do you remember your favorite forest fire prevention bear?) Here were our steps to completing this educational and fun experience that we hope will inspire your kids to want to become Junior Forest Rangers too.
- Go to the Junior Forest Ranger website and download and print the JFR Booklet. If you have a child that has a sibling or friend in the same age range, they can do the activities with them, but they will need to send in the registration form separately. Be sure to take turns if there is more than one child completing the guide.
- As your child is doing the activities in the JFR Booklet check out the “For Parents” section on the website for more information on the JFR program
- Bring up personal memories with your kids outdoors that could apply to some of the activities and facts they will learn
- Once your child (ren) have completed all the activities, fill out and sign the registration form and send back to the USDA Forest Service so they can receive their membership card and pin in the mail. The membership card has its own unique number they can use to log into the Junior Forest Ranger Clubhouse online.
- Recite the “Oath of the Junior Forest Ranger” together and you are on your way to learning how to become advocates of the forest!
Let us know if you are planning on signing up for the Junior Forest Ranger program and how your experience went. Post photos of your experience on Instagram using the hashtag #raisingkidswild. Hope your week is filled with adventure!