Junior Ranger Program

DeKalb County's free Junior Ranger programs are designed for ages 5-12, but are open to anyone interested in learning about and protecting nature.

Did you know?

  • DeKalb County has two Junior Ranger programs: one county-wide Junior Ranger program and one Junior Ranger program at the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Nature Center located in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.
    • Click here to learn more about the Arabia Junior Ranger program.
    • See below for more information about how to participate in our DeKalb County Junior Ranger program.

Who can participate?

  • The DeKalb County Junior Ranger program is open to all youth, free of charge. The activities are designed for ages 5-12.

How do I become a DeKalb County Junior Ranger?Activity Journal cover

  • Complete all twelve activities in the Junior Ranger Activity Journal.
  • Activities included in the program are independent and self-paced and include scavenger hunts, leaf rubbings, bird watching, and helping recycle trash found in the woods. 
  • You can complete the Junior Ranger activities at any DeKalb County Park, another local greenspace, or even your backyard.
  • When you are finished, contact a Park Naturalist to take the Junior Ranger Pledge and receive your official Junior Ranger Badge.

Where can I get a Junior Ranger Activity Journal?

  • Download a digital copy of the Activity Journal here.
  • Pick up a copy from a participating DeKalb County Recreation Center between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday:
    • Mason Mill (1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033; 404-679-1349)
    • Exchange (2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034; 404-687-3430)
    • Gresham (3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316; 404-244-4890)
    • Hamilton (3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079; 404-508-7565)
    • Midway (3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032; 404-294-3150)
    • Redan (1839 Phillips Road, Lithonia, GA 30058; 770-492-5434)
    • Tobie Grant (644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale, GA 30079; 404-508-7594)

You can also pick up Junior Ranger Activity Journals from the Nature Center at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (3787 Klondike Road, Stonecrest, GA 30038; 770-484-3060) when Rangers are present.

Where can I find answers to my questions about the Junior Ranger activities?