Our national parks are a treasure for the whole family. There are many exciting activities for all ages. See how kids and families around the country are connecting to the parks and helping to protect them.

Every Kid Outdoors

Did you know that every fourth-grader and their family can get FREE access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for a whole year? For more details about Every Kid Outdoors and to get your pass, click here!

Junior Ranger Programs

Activity based programs in parks across the country offer young visitors the chance to join the National Park Service “family” as a Junior Ranger. Complete a series of activities during a park visit, or download special interest books to do at home. Junior Rangers are typically between ages 5 -13, but park lovers of all ages can participate! And you don't always have to be in a park to earn that Junior Ranger badge – discover just some of the Junior Ranger programs young park enthusiasts can enjoy from home.

At-Home Educational Activities

Even when you're not in a park, you can enjoy a variety of activities that bring the stories, environments, and delights of our national parks to life. From analyzing cultural resources and identifying wildlife to putting scientific ideas into action and recording your own histories, parks across the country offer opportunities for hands-on learning at home. Explore just some of the at-home educational activities that can be enjoyed from home. 

Free Activity Map

Can’t wait to start your national park adventure? You can find your own NPF Kids Activity Map here! Finished your map and want to check your answers? Click here.

Explore Parks with Sesame Street

Visit Grand Canyon National Park and Gateway National Recreation Area with Elmo and Murray, who join Park Rangers to explore the plants, animals, habitats, and seasons in these parks. Use the accompanying hands-on activities to help introduce preschoolers to the natural world.

Junior Ranger Radio

Tune into National Park Service's Junior Ranger Radio! Learn more about parks across the country through catchy tunes, perfect for singing while roasting marshmallows over a fire for s'mores. With instant classics like "Explore, Learn, and Protect" and "More Monkey Than Funky," these kid-friendly earworms will have the whole family learning and dancing in equal measure.

Parks 101 Immersive Tours

Immerse yourself in the beauty of our national parks with our Parks 101 virtual 360 tours. Join Dierks Bentley on a tour of Crater Lake National Park or follow along with Jordan Fisher as he explores California’s Channel Islands National Park. Watch videos on your mobile device and move around to see the full span of these remarkable parks.

Parks for Play

Looking for great national parks for you and your family to enjoy? You can start by finding some great ideas in our Parks For Play Owner’s Guide and check out all the other great guides in our travel ideas section.