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 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!
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.
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.
Wed June 27
|Thurs June 28||10am||Birding||Boundary Creek||9-12|
|Sat June 30||10am|
|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|
|Thurs July 12||10am||Etch & Sketch||Smith's Woods||5-8|
|Sat July 14||10am||Etch & Sketch||Smith's Woods||5-8|
|Wed July 18||10am||Animal Tracks||Long Bridge||5-8|
|Thurs July 19||10am||Environmental Clue||Amico Island||9-12|
|Sat July 21||10am||Animal Tracks||Long Bridge||5-8|
|Wed July 25||10am|
|Thurs July 26||10am|
|Sat July 28||10am||Map Adventures||Boundary Creek||5-12|
|Wed Aug 1||10am||Butterflies||Smith's Woods||5-8|
|Thurs Aug 2||10am||Butterflies||Smith's Woods||9-12|
|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|
|Thurs Aug 9||10am||Scavenger Hunt||Long Bridge||5-8|
|Sat Aug 11||10am||Scavenger Hunt||Long Bridge||5-8 & 9-12|