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Grand Canyon National Park is a great place for a family vacation. It's a place where the whole family can enjoy nature and the outdoors together. The National Park Service also offers several extensive Junior Ranger programs just for kids so they can benefit from the park experience even more.
Junior Rangers can choose from naturalist programs, scientific programs, or programs geared specifically to their age groups. Kids between 4 and 14 can choose from Ravens (ages 4-7), Coyotes, (ages 8-10), and Scorpions (ages 11-14). If you pick up a copy of the Junior Ranger magazine when you enter the park, you can find a list of activities and how to join in these programs, which are available year round.
Other activities for kids 9 to 18 include the Dynamic Earth Junior Ranger Program and the Junior Ranger Discovery Pack, which are both offered only during the summer. If kids make it all the way to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, they can earn a very special Phantom Rattler Junior Ranger patch and recognition, too.