Kids now have their own version of the popular national park passport book. Designed to complement and encourage participation in national parks’ Junior Ranger programs, Passport To Your National Parks–Junior Ranger Edition is a collaboration between the National Park Service and Eastern National, a not-for-profit partner of the National Park Service.
“National Parks are a great place for families to spend quality time together and tools like the Junior Ranger Passport help engage kids at a young age and turn them into national park enthusiasts,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in a prepared release. “Educating kids about everything our national parks have to offer is critical as we pass on the legacy of our public lands to future generations.”
Part of the Passport To Your National Parks program, the Junior Ranger Passport book—which costs $14.95—features dedicated pages to collect official park cancellations, or ink stamps, indicating the name and date of a park visit. Intended for children ages 6-12, the new book is full of vivid artwork from illustrator Dave Klug and includes contemporary, interactive and educational content. Kids can personalize their books and commemorate their park experiences with a free starter set of colorful park-themed stickers, as well as collect a new set of stickers that will be released for sale each year.
Coinciding with the release of the new book, official Junior Ranger cancellations are available at more than 300 national parks with Junior Ranger programs, including Gettysburg National Military Park. The specially designed cancellations resemble the badges earned by visitors who complete Junior Ranger programs and include the name of each park. Park rangers can administer the cancellation stamp at their discretion to anyone who takes the Junior Ranger oath to “Explore, Learn, and Protect.”
The Passport To Your National Parks program has introduced millions of visitors to the national park system since its launch by Eastern National in 1986. This popular program consists of a guidebook that highlights each unit of the national parks and provides space for dated ink “cancellation” stamps, which allow visitors to commemorate their experiences. Visitors can also purchase annual stamp sets, which feature photos from 10 new national park sites each year.