Junior Ranger Program Levels

Requirement for Junior Ranger Basic Level

  • Participants must complete the required activities in the Junior Ranger Quest Activity Book.
  • Participants must attend one session of Ranger Roundup. (This session teaches participants what rangers are and what their role is in the protection of our public lands.)
  • Participants must participate in Operation TLC. (This includes adopting a particular area, trail, tree, roadway, flowerbed, etc., that the park staff selects to be cared for during the length of the program or until the project is completed.)

AWARDS: Junior Ranger Membership Card and Basic patch

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Requirement for Junior Ranger Advanced Level

Junior Ranger Advanced Patch

This level is designed to have the Junior Ranger apply what they have learned as they help teach or "guide" younger participants through the program.

  • The Junior Ranger must have completed the requirements for the Basic level.
  • The Junior Ranger must attend at least three (3) additional Junior Ranger educational sessions at any state forest or park.
  • Note: Both the Basic and Advanced levels can be earned in the first year.

AWARDS: Advanced rocker patch

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Requirements for Junior Ranger Expert Level

Junior Ranger Expert Patch

  • The Junior Ranger must have completed one year at the Advanced level.
  • The Junior Ranger must complete the required activities in the current year's Junior Ranger Quest Activity Book.
  • The Junior Ranger must attend at least four (4) more Junior Ranger educational sessions at any state forest or park.

AWARD: Expert rocker patch

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Requirement for Junior Ranger Naturalist Level

Junior Ranger Naturalist Patch

  • The Junior Ranger must have completed one year at the Expert level.
  • The Junior Ranger must attend at least four (4) state forest or park interpretive programs, not including Junior Ranger sessions, and write a brief summary of what was presented. This written summary should be shown to the Junior Ranger Coordinator at the state forest or state park for credit.
  • The Junior Ranger must participate in at least one (1) Outdoor Adventure program and write a short story about their adventure. This story must be presented at a Junior Ranger educational session or at a Junior Ranger awards ceremony.

AWARD: Naturalist patch

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Requirement for Junior Ranger Explorer Level

Junior Ranger Explorer Patch

This level is designed to promote family visits to Maryland State Forests and Parks and increase the Junior Ranger's awareness of park facilities, natural features, history and geography.

  1. The Junior Ranger must have reached at least the Expert level.
  2. The Junior Ranger will have one (1) year to complete the Explorer level.
  3. The Junior Ranger must visit at least three (3) Maryland State Forests or Parks of their choice. At each facility, the child must complete the required questionnaire corresponding to that site. Questionnaires will be available at the base forest or park. Completed questionaires shall be returned to the Junior Ranger Coordinator at the base forest or park.
  4. The Junior Ranger must participate in at least three (3) hands-on activities at the base forest or park. The activities will be pre-arranged with the Junior Ranger Coordinator and selected from the following groups:

Programming:

  • participate in the presentation of any interpretive program
  • help out at a Visitor Center for at least 4 hours

Maintenance

  • pick up litter/recyclables in a designated area
  • help with trail work, i.e. spreading mulch, marking trails
  • campsite work, i.e. cleaning grills, raking camp pads

Operations/Law Enforcement

  • complete a safety inspection on a patrol vehicle
  • help at special event at the base park
  • work with a ranger for at least one (1) hour and write a report on what you did

Resource Management

  • help with a tree inspection
  • inspect a trail for erosion damage and make suggestions on how to correct
  • plant several trees, shore grass or a flowerbed

AWARDS: Explorer patch, base forest/park pin, forest/park pin from each of the sites visited.

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Requirement for Junior Ranger Conservationist Level

Junior Ranger Conservationist Patch

  • The Junior Ranger must have completed one (1) year at the Naturalist level.
  • The Junior Ranger will have one (1) year to complete the Conservationist level.
  • The Junior Ranger must complete an approved conservation project at the base forest or park. This project must benefit plant and/or animal life and habitat.
  • The Junior Ranger must give a presentation on the completed project at a Junior Ranger session.

AWARD: Conservationist patch and certificate of appreciation

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Requirement for Junior Ranger Guide Level

This level is designed to have the Junior Ranger apply what they have learned as they help teach or "guide" younger participants through the program.

  • The Junior Ranger must have completed all other Junior Ranger levels.
  • The Junior Ranger will have one (1) year to complete the Guide level.
  • The Junior Ranger must take an active role in the instruction at four (4) Junior Ranger educational sessions.
  • The Junior Ranger must assist at one (1) state forest or park special event.
  • The Junior Ranger must attend at least two (2) Outdoor Adventure programs.

      AWARDS: Guide patch, Certificate of Completion and signed letter of congratulations from the Superintendent of State Forests and Parks.

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