Junior Ranger Program

Meet Grandfather’s best friend, Yonni!

Hi, Junior Rangers! I’m Yonni, a Yonahlossee Salamander from Grandfather Mountain! I help kids explore the mountain and use what they learn at home, too!

When you visit Grandfather Mountain, you can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet from the table just inside the main entrance to the Nature Museum to get to know me better. It’ll take you on a fun scavenger hunt, help you explore a trail, learn cool facts about the nature around you, and let you meet some of my friends. Before you leave the park, take your completed Junior Ranger booklet to the Entrance Gate to take the official Junior Ranger pledge and receive your honorary badge and certificate.

I ask my Junior Rangers to do one thing to protect the planet — anything you want! We don’t all have to do everything, but we do have to help take care of the world we live in. What will you do? Maybe:

— Turn off the lights when you leave a room?
— Recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans?
— Remind your family to bring along reusable bags when they shop?
— Turn off the water when you brush your teeth?

Junior Ranger Activities & Book

Can’t get enough Junior Ranger fun? Click HERE for coloring sheets of some of the cool nature you’ll find at Grandfather Mountain.

And here are some fun things to do while you’re here:

Park Programs that are Fun for Junior Rangers

Check out these fun programs just for Junior Rangers! Details noted below.

Daily Junior Ranger Program – Grandfather Mountain’s staff offers Junior Ranger programs every day at 11:30 a.m. near the Butterfly Garden! These programs, offered between April and October, help teach about animals through fun activities.

Animal Encounters – Learn more about each animal that lives in Grandfather Mountain’s habitats and watch keepers give them an enrichment. An enrichment is a treat, toy or scented item provided to the animals that help keep them from getting bored! Offered from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the animal habitats.

Can’t wait until you get to Grandfather Mountain to become a Junior Ranger? Click HERE to download our Junior Ranger activity book and check what you can do to earn your badge.

Junior Ranger Map

Will you be visiting Grandfather Mountain soon? Click HERE for a map of the “can’t miss” spots for kids on Grandfather Mountain.