The Junior Forest Ranger (JFR) program is an exciting way for young people to explore their national forests and grasslands.  The Cradle of Forestry in America is nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains and is a great place to enjoy nature education, hiking trails, and a day of family fun! The JFR program uses Forest Service science and practices to encourage girls and boys ages 8 to 12 to enjoy and appreciate nature. Programs run weekly on Thursdays between June 18 and August 6, from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Caregivers are not required to attend but are always welcome. Pre-Registration is required. 

We are sad to announce that we are canceling our Junior Forester programs for 2020.

You can still download our digital Junior Forester booklet below. Please stay tuned and follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates.



Not able to attend one of our summer programs? The Cradle of Forestry now offers a Junior Forester booklet for the site. Fill out the activities and return to front desk to receive a certificate and badge.

Download the pdf