Your kids may know they can earn Junior Ranger badges at national parks across the country, but did they know the National Park Service operates the memorials and monuments scattered across Washington D.C.? Each of those memorials and monuments also offers the free Junior Ranger program, and in one weekend visiting our nation’s capitol, kids can collect numerous badges for their collection.
Junior Ranger programs are developed for children ages 5 to 13 to teach them about the park through ranger-led programs and self-guided activities. The programs are offered at more than 280 of the country’s 388 national parks, ranging from one-page activity sheets to multiple page booklets.
In Washington D.C., kids can earn badges, pins and other items by visiting the following memorials and monuments, many of which are located along the National Mall and within walking distance of each other:
• African American Civil War Memorial
• Constitution Gardens
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
• Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
• George Mason Memorial
• George Washington Memorial Parkway
• Jefferson Memorial
• Korean War Veterans
• Lincoln Memorial
• Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
• National Mall
• President’s Park
• Roosevelt Island
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• Washington Monument
• National World War II Memorial
Be on the lookout for special badges offered during special events, such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival badge, given out during the three-week spring event each year.
– Lissa Poirot