U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Welcome Junior Explorers!
On this page you can find activity books about interesting places, people, and things. Are you interested in fossils? Do you like rocks? How about pioneer trails? Check them out and join the adventure.
While you are exploring, think about what all these places and things have in common. All of these places and things are part of the lands that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) takes care of. The BLM needs Junior Explorers to help take care of these special places and things. Please take the Junior Explorer pledge at the end of each activity book.
You can do the activities on your own, or you can invite a brother or sister, your parents, or a friend to join the adventure with you. Then say the Junior Explorer pledge, sign the certificate, and you’re on your way to exploring and protecting America’s public lands.
Have fun and good luck!
Junior Explorer Activity Books
Junior Ranger Handbook -- Agua Fria National Monument-- 20 page colorful activity guide to the monument.
Junior Ranger Handbook -- Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area--similar to Agua Fria handbook, focuses on Gila River.
Junior Ranger Handbook-- Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument -- Joint project with National Park Service.
El Mirage OHV Area Junior Ranger Activity Guide--The BLM El Mirage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is an enormously popular recreational site in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Most visitors to the site ride motorcycles, ATVs, or tour in four-wheel drive vehicles. There is a road network in place so visitors may camp in most sections of El Mirage. This area is also used extensively for competitive racing events and commercial filming by permit. BLM's Barstow Field Office has created an activity guide that focuses on safe use of off highway vehicles. Click here to download the Junior Ranger booklet.
The Alpine Loop in western Colorado is a rugged mountain region that is rich in history. Native Americans came to these mountains for centuries to hunt and gather food. In the late 1800s they were replaced by miners who came in search of a different livelihood -- silver, gold, lead, and zinc. Today it is a popular recreational with a Back Country Byway and countless recreational and educational opportunities. Click here to download the Alpine Loop Junior Explorer booklet.
Also from Colorado: Junior Explorer Archaeology -- Canyons of the Ancients National Monument - 12-page booklet about the Anasazi Heritage Cente
The Upper Missouri River Breaks, in Montana, is a national monument because of its important natural and cultural history. Today, people continue to explore the monument by canoe and foot, just as Lewis and Clark and the Native Americans did in the 1800s. Track down the "Monument Junior Explorer" activity book at the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center and start your adventure! Click here to learn more about the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Also from Montana: River Explorer -- Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument -- Kids guide to safe fun on the Upper Missouri River. Produced by the Interpretive Center
Junior Ranger Discovery Book-- Earlier version of the activity book for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area -- 24 page interactive booklet about the Conservation Area and the Mojave Desert.
The Socorro Field Office has produced the Socorro Nature Area Trail and Activities Guide, a kids' guide to the Rio Grande bosque, a cottonwood-willow ecosystem along the Rio Grande.
In New Mexico, the bosque consists of a narrow ribbon of green, nearly continuous for over 150 miles along the Rio Grande, from Cochiti Reservoir near Santa Fe to Elephant Butte Reservoir near Truth or Consequences. The guide covers two trails in the Socorro Nature Area totalling just over 1 mile.
At the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, you can learn about the natural world, as well as the history of Native Americans and pioneers who lived in and traveled through the area. Complete the activities in the "Junior Pioneer Book" and become a wagon master! Click here to learn more about the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
Also from Oregon: Junior Naturalist -- Guide to natural sites and animals along the Oregon Trail Route (new version updated 2013).
Did you know that over 12,000 bones from Jurassic dinosaurs have been found at the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, near Price, Utah? Plan a trip to the quarry, grab a "Jurassic Explorer" activity book, and become a Jurassic Explorer for the day! Click here to learn more about the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry.