Junior Ranger Program

Explore, Learn, Protect

Take a journey through a historic monastery, get a closer look at small-yet-mighty plants, and discover a community’s roots as you earn your Junior Ranger Badge. Discover the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area by becoming a Junior Ranger. Activities will guide you as you learn about a living landscape where life is built on stone. 

The program is geared toward kids ages 8-12, but younger children can complete activities with help. Activities can be completed in a day or over several visits. 

Join Our Junior Ranger Ranks

It’s easy to become an Arabia Mountain Junior Ranger with our Junior Ranger Activity Journal. From the mighty monadnocks of Arabia and Panola Mountains to the serene setting of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, the journal will guide you through activities across the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Pick up a Junior Ranger Activity Journal at the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve or Panola Mountain State Park. You can also email us to arrange a pickup or download the journal.

Take the Pledge

When you’ve completed the activities, return to Panola Mountain State Park to take the pledge, earn your Junior Ranger Badge, and collect a special souvenir! Please note, there is a $5 parking fee at Panola Mountain State Park unless you have a Georgia State Parks Pass. You can also take the pledge online

Join us for Junior Ranger Day on September 30!

Spend an action-packed day in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area as you earn your Junior Ranger Badge! We’ll explore an alien-like landscape filled with amazing plants and creatures. We’ll learn about the history and culture that surround us. We’ll work together to learn how to protect our parks. 

Our friends from AWARE, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Flat Rock Archives, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and Panola Mountain State Park will guide you through some awe-inspiring activities. At the end of the day, our newest Junior Rangers will be sworn in and receive their badges together in a special ceremony.  Get your tickets at juniorrangerday.bpt.me