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Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger Program

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Welcome Junior Rangers!
We are delighted you have taken the first step to become an official Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger! You and your family will enjoy exploring the parks, touring visitor centers, attending park programs, hiking the trails, and experiencing all the fun and exciting adventures Tennessee State Parks offer. When people develop a love for nature and the outdoors it leads to healthy lifestyles and a lifetime of fun and adventure. Thank you for making Tennessee State Parks part of your family history!

What is a Junior Ranger?
Do you like fun and adventure? Would you like to explore and discover the amazing secrets of Tennessee State Parks? Do you want to spend time outdoors learning about the world in which you live and help protect special places? If you answered “yes!”, then you are already on your way to becoming the next Tennessee State Parks Junior Ranger!

How Do I Become a Junior Ranger?
There are two ways to become a Junior Ranger. Interested kids ages 6-14 may attend a Junior Ranger Camp, or complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide. Programs are designed with flexibility for participants to choose their own path and set their own pace. As you explore Tennessee State Parks you will learn new skills and discover why Tennessee is such a unique and special place. Upon completion of the program you will take the Junior Ranger pledge, receive your badge, and be sworn in as an official Tennessee State Park Junior Ranger!

Junior Ranger Activity Guide:
Link to Photo GalleryThe Junior Ranger Adventure Guide is divided into Four Steps. Each step covers different topics and offers a selection of fun, hands-on activites. As you complete each activity, you will be one step closer to becoming a Junior Ranger. Topics in Steps 1 & 2 include: Safety, History, Plants, Wildlife, Astronomy and Water. In Step 3 you will create your own stewardship project. In Step 4 you will take your Adventure Guide to the park ranger or park office to take your pledge, receive your badge and become an official Tennessee State Park Junior Ranger.

Getting Started is Easy! Do ONE of the following:
     • Sign up for Junior Ranger Camp by contacting the Park office.
     • Stop by the park office and pick up your Junior Ranger Get Outdoors Adventure Guide.
     • Download your Junior Ranger Adventure Guide and GET OUTDOORS!

State Parks with Junior Ranger Programs in 2013:

Park Date Contact Information

East Tennessee

Fort Loudoun July 8-12 (423) 884-6217
Harrison Bay June 4-7 (423) 344-6214
Norris Dam State Park June 15-16 (865) 426-7461
Panther Creek June 10-14; June 17-21 (423) 587-7046
Roan Mountain July 8-12 (423) 772-0190
South Cumberland State Park (at Stone Door) June 26-28 (931) 692-3887

Middle Tennessee

Bledsoe Creek TBD (615) 452-3706
Bicentennial Capitol Mall TBD (615) 741-5280
Burgess Falls June 3-7 (8-12 years old)
June 24-28 – Advanced Camp (9-13 years old)
(931) 432-5312
Cedars of Lebanon TBD (615) 443-2769
Cumberland Mountain June 7-8 – Advanced Camp (13-15 years old)
June 10-14 (8-12 years old)
June 17-21 – Mini Camp (5-7 years old)
(931) 484-6138
David Crockett June 24-28 (931) 762-9408
Dunbar Cave June 20-22 (931) 648-5526
Harpeth River June 4-6 (615) 952-2099
Henry Horton June 17-21 (931) 364-2222
Johnsonville June 12-14 (931) 535-2789
Long Hunter Great Am. Backyard Campout - June 22 (615) 306-0611
Mousetail Landing TBD (731) 847-0841
Pickett Tuesdays starting June 18 (931) 879-5821
Tims Ford June 10-14 (931) 962-1183

West Tennessee

Big Hill Pond June 24-27 (731) 645-7967
Meeman-Shelby June 10-13; June 24-27 (901) 876-5215
Nathan Bedford Forrest TBD (731) 584-6356
Natchez Trace June 17-21 (731) 968-3742
Paris Landing June 4-7
Great Am. Backyard Campout - June 22
(731) 641-4465
Pickwick Landing TBD (731) 689-3129
Pinson Mounds June 19-21 (731) 988-5614
Reelfoot Lake June 3-7 (731) 253-8003
T.O. Fuller June 3-6 (901) 543-7581

NOTE: You may still pick up or download a Junior Ranger guide and start your adventures! For more information please contact each park office.