Cuyahoga Valley National Park Junior Ranger Programs

I’m really excited to get back to my original purpose for writing a blog, sharing my family’s great experiences in and around Cleveland, Ohio!

This morning I took the kiddo and the former-baby-now-toddler to one of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Junior Ranger, Jr. programs.   This one in particular was called, “A Seed’s Journey.”    The last one we attended, a couple of weeks ago, was titled, “Come Hide With Me.”     Both took place down in Peninsula and were a lot of fun.  It was challenging to have the toddler with us, as the program is geared towards children ages 4-6, however both times my babysitter (grandma) fell through so I brought the toddler along.  Fortunately everyone there was very kind to me and the toddler, and at both programs there was at least one other baby or toddler present. 

Each session lasts two hours and has several stations set-up at picnic tables with hands-on activities.     The children spend a 1/2 hour or so on the different activities, at their own pace.    Then there is a short storytime, a hike plus a game and/or craft.   The kiddo has really enjoyed himself so far, and once he’s completed 3 sessions, he receives a badge, which he is eagerly anticipating.     After 5 sessions he’ll receive a patch.   

The great thing is, it’s an inexpensive organized activity without a significant time commitment.  This may be what I love most.   You sign up for whichever sessions you want or are convenient for you and your children.  Each session is $8 per child.    You don’t have to commit to a full week or a specific day every week of the summer.    You can go to only one session or try to fit in 5 during the summer in order to get the patch.     And apparently these programs are offered year-round.  

We’ve got one planned more for the badge, and maybe we’ll work towards the patch this fall.

There is also a similar program for children ages 7-12 called the Junior Ranger program.   The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park also offers week-long day camps and overnight camps.   For more info on summer camp programs, visit

Until next time,



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  1. […] last year.    It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Junior Ranger, Jr. program.    I wrote about it here.  Each session is two hours and is $8 per […]

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