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Earning Junior Ranger and Gopher Badges

May 22, 2012

From biking and hiking to keeping a nature journal and taking scenic photographs, curious kids can spend the summer learning about the outdoors and earn along the way a Junior Ranger badge and the Get Outdoors Georgia Gopher Badge. Geared to students ages 6 to 14, the badge programs encourage kids to go fishing, play golf or ride a horse, among other outdoor activities.

To get activity checklists for Junior Ranger badges, kids ages 6 to 12 should visit a local state park or download a free copy of the Junior Ranger Activity Book. As they work on their Gopher Badge requirements, kids ages 7 to 10 must participate in five outdoor activities, while kids ages 11 to 14 must complete eight.

After they fulfill their activity requirements, kids can send their Junior Ranger and Gopher Badge checklists to the Department of Natural Resources, State Parks & Historic Sites. Generally, within two to four weeks, the well-earned badges will arrive by mail.

Learn more about the badge programs, find your local state park and search for family outdoors events.