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Earn a Junior Ranger Patch at Canaveral National Seashore

A view of the beach from an Apollo Beach parking area in Canaveral National Seashore.
A view of the beach from an Apollo Beach parking area in Canaveral National Seashore.
Bridget Cohen

There is no better way for a child to learn about our National Parks than through a Junior Ranger Program. Canaveral National Seashore offers an illustrated activity book with puzzles, games and fun challenges for children to complete while visiting the park. In addition to learning about the history, plants and animals, and conservation practices in the park, children can receive awards for completing the requirements of the program.

The Junior Ranger Program at Canaveral National Seashore has three levels of achievement for children:

  • Sea Bean Level - Child must complete the activity booklet and pick up a bag of trash to be rewarded with a decal and certificate
  • Seashell Level - Child must complete the activity booklet, pick up a bag of trash and take part in a ranger led program to be rewarded a patch or badge and a certificate
  • Sea Star Level - Child must complete the activity booklet, pick up a bag of trash, complete the Digital Dig activity at Seminole Rest and go on a ranger led program to be rewarded with a patch, a badge and a certificate

Canaveral National Seashore protects the longest section of pristine beach in Florida, over 24 miles of shoreline. The northern-most section of beach is called Apollo Beach and can be accessed from a park entrance at the end of A1A about nine miles south of New Smyrna Beach. The southern-most section of beach is called Playalinda Beach and can be accessed from Titusville on FL 406/402. There is a central section of beach between Playalinda Beach and Apollo Beach called Klondike Beach that can only be accessed by boat or hiking along the seashore past where the road stops at either end.

Seminole Rest is the site of several prehistoric shell mounds dated from between 2,000 BC to 1565 AD. Two turn of the century buildings occupying the mounds are believed to have helped preserve them. There is a half-mile wheelchair accessible trail with wayside exhibits. Seminole Rest is located in Oak Hill on the Mosquito Lagoon.

The Junior Ranger Program is designed to enhance a child's visit to the seashore and inspire children to take part in preserving the area for future generations. For more information about the program at Canaveral National Seashore visit the park website.