Through this program, girls are invited to play outdoors, learn about national parks and why they're preserved, and develop essential leadership skills. Even better, girls have the opportunity to earn patches, complete journeys, and achieve Take Action and Gold Award projects!
So, how exactly do you earn your Ranger patch? It's simple!
- Choose a National Park Service site
Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 417 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
- Imagine Yourself in a National Park
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
- Contact the park and make a plan
Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
- Go to the park and Have Fun!
If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
- Share the experience
Share your best shots on Instagram and Twitter using #FindYourPark and #NPS101 (don't forget to tag @GirlScouts!) and invite your entire troop to do the same!