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!

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?

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

Daily Junior Ranger Program – Grandfather Mountain’s staff offers Junior Ranger programs at 11:30 a.m. weekends near the Butterfly Garden! These programs, offered from April through 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 p.m. throughout the animal habitats.

And More!

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