Maryland Junior Ranger Program

Welcome to the Maryland Junior Rangers!


This program is built around the people and places that make Maryland so special. During this program Junior Rangers will:

  • explore the parks, natural and historical areas,
  • Learn about conservation and stewardship,
  • and explore recreational opportunities.

The mission of the Maryland Junior Ranger Program is to encourage children to discover and connect with the natural world and celebrate their culture and heritage through play, learning, and service in the outdoors, under the mentorship of Park Rangers and other natural resource professionals.

Through a combination of recreational opportunities and hands-on environmental education activities including hiking, games, and crafts, the Junior Ranger program engages children ages 3-14 in learning about the following topics:

  • Parks & Park Rangers
  • People
  • Planet Earth
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Conservation
  • Earth Hour

Park Rangers and Naturalists lead children through the fundamentals of environmental education and stewardship. Junior Rangers can earn three achievement awards: Basic, Advanced and Expert. Once they complete their Expert Achievement award, they begin to earn patches in our more self-guided levels, such as Naturalist, Explorer, Conservationist and Guide.

To better accommodate a variety of developmental levels and interests, Junior Rangers are typically divided into these age categories.


  • Sprouts, ages 2-4
  • Park Pals, ages 3-6
  • Junior Rangers, ages 7-10
  • Junior Rangers, ages 11-14
  • Teen Rangers, ages 15-17

The sessions will typically last 1 to 1 ½ hours each, totalling approximately 6 hours. Often they are offered over a series of six sessions, though some parks will lump sessions together for a mini summer camp or school’s out camp. In order to earn their Junior Ranger status, children must attend all sessions. Check with each park for their specific availability.

READY to get started…but sessions haven’t started yet? Start with these two activities.

Junior Ranger Oath:

“As a Junior Ranger, I promise to protect, preserve and respect the natural resources of Maryland State Parks. While at home, I will learn about the natural world and I will share what I learn with my family and friends. I pledge to do my part to protect the natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources of my public lands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.”



Learn More about the Maryland Junior Rangers Program with the Junior Rangers Adventure Guide!​
Download it here.


Western Region

ParkAge RangeDatesContactsInfo
Deep Creek Lake State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7-12
June 23, 30 and July 7, 14, 21, 28;
1-2:30pm
Olivia.Hager@maryland.gov Click Here for Fly​er​​
Cunningham FallsJunior Rangers,
Ages 7-12
June 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28 and Aug 4;
​6 - 7:30pm
Carolyn.Leamond@maryland.gov
Click Here for Flyer
Rocky Gap State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7-12
June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28,​
1-3pm
Graduation Aug. 5
samantha.dixon@maryland.gov, mollie.kemp@maryland.gov Click Here for Flyer
Greenbrier State ParkJunior RangersReturning in 2023 cecilia.melton@maryland.gov Returning in 2023

Central Region

ParkAge RangeDatesContactsInfo
Elk Neck State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 6 - 13
July 19, 21, 26, 28 and August 2,​ 4
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
shawna.staup@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Elk Neck State ParkPark Pals,
Ages 3 - 5
Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 12, 19, 2022
10am - 11:30am
shawna.staup@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Fair Hill NRMAJunior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 12
July 11- 15;
9am- 12pm
Amy.Sypher@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Seneca Creek State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 10
July 4-8
9am - Noon
dylan.wagner@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Seneca Creek State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 10
Aug. 1-5
9am - Noon
dylan.wagner@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Seneca Creek State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 11 - 14
July 18-22
9am - Noon
dylan.wagner@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Patapsco Valley State Park (Avalon)Junior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 10
June 20-24
10am - 11:30am
alyssa.myers@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Patapsco Valley State Park (McKeldin)Junior Rangers,
Ages 11 - 14
June 20-24
2pm - 3:30pm
alyssa.myers@maryland.gov Click for Flyer

Southern Region

ParkAge RangeDatesContactsInfo
Point Lookout State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 8 - 14
Returning in 2023 Samuela.behrens@maryland.govReturning in 2023

Eastern Region

ParkAge RangeDatesContactsInfo
Tuckahoe State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 14
June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26
7 - 8:30pm
erin.gale@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Tuckahoe State ParkPark Pals,
Ages 3 - 6
June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26
6-7PM
erin.gale@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Martinak State ParkJunior Rangers,
Ages 7 - 14
June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26
7 - 8:30pm
erin.gale@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Martinak State ParkPark Pals,
Ages 3 - 6
June 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26
6-7PM
erin.gale@maryland.gov Click for Flyer
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State ParkJunior Rangers,
​Ages 5+
Tuesday-Sunday
10am - 3pm
chaney.dale@maryland.org Click for Flyer

For questions or additional information about the Junior Ranger Program, you may contact: Melissa Boyle Acuti by email: Melissa.boyle@maryland.gov​
(Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.)