Welcome Junior Explorers!

Junior Explorer logoOn 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

Wild Horses and Burros Junior Explorer

Geology and Fossils Junior Explorer

Wilderness Explorer

The latest Wild Horses and Burros Junior Explorer Activity Book focuses on how they became living symbols of the American West. 

This "Geology and Fossils" activity book explores rocks and minerals.  Find fun facts and activities about geology and fossils.

The Wilderness Explorer is an updated version of activity book on wilderness areas done for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Piedras Blancas activity guide

 Sally Sage-Grouse Junior Explorer

California BLM's Headwaters Forest Reserve Junior Explorer is 34 pages, full color, and is loaded with exciting activities.California's Piedras Blancas Lighthouse has done an activity guide.Sally Sage-Grouse Explores Idaho takes kids on a bird's-eye tour of Idaho through Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Junior Explorer Pocatello Idaho

Junior Explorer Trekking Volcaoes in Eastern Idaho

BLM's Pocatello Field Office has developed its own Junior Explorer to cover a variety of things to do.Trekking Volcanoes in Idaho is focused on the volcanic lands of Eastern Idaho.

Adventures In Wilson Butte Cave describes a cave in south central Idaho that was used by humans 10,000 to 15,000 years ago.

Discover the Clearwater River

Junior Explorer Elko District

California Trai (Elko, NV)l Interp Center Junior Explorer

Discover the Clearwater River examines the history of this legendary Idaho river and includes information on fishing fun and cultural sites.

Junior Explorer Elko District BLM describes the lands and resources in northeastern Nevada.

California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, has developed an activity book focusing on the historic trails in the area.

Red Rock Canyon Junior Explorer

 Kasha Katuwe National Monument Junior Explorer
Colorado High Desert and Canyon Country Activity Booklet includes activities at sites managed by the BLM Grand Junction Field Office: McInnis Canyons and Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.Junior Explorer Discovery Book of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, NV explores the Mojave Desert.

New Mexico's Kasha-Kateuwe National Monument has created a Junior Explorer booklet.

 Fishermen's Bend Junior Explorer 

San Juan Islands National Monument Activity Book features Orca Whales, Sea lions, and local history in the Pacific Northwest.

Fishermen's Bend, Oregon Junior Explorer explores nature in the forests of Western Oregon.

Pioneer Wagon Master--National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Oregon--is an updated version of a popular program on historic trails.

 John Jarvie Junior Explorer 

Junior Prospector from the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center takes kids bakck in time to the days of the gold rush in Eastern Oregon.

The John Jarvie Ranch Historic Site in Brown's Park, Utah, is a protected archaeological site with a great program for kids.

The Vermilion Cliffs Junior Explorer covers the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, a resource with sandstone buttes, the Paria River, and sandy plateaus.

Pioneer Program Activity Book  

The Pioneer Program of the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming focuses on the western trail heritage in Wyoming.


Related Programs

Junior Ranger Handbook Agua Fria NM


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.

Alpine Loop Junior Explorer


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

Upper Missour River Breaks Monument Explorer


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

 Red Rock Canyon Junior Ranger Discovery Book


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.

New Mexico

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.



Oregon Trail Junior Pioneer


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).

Jurassic Explorer Activity Guide


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.

Wyoming Junior Ranger


The next time you visit northeastern Wyoming, stop by the BLM Buffalo Field Office to learn about recreation sites in the area, and get a "Become a BLM Junior Ranger" activity book.  It's full of interesting activities and information about the things you'll find at recreation sites in northeastern Wyoming. Click here to learn more about the BLM Buffalo Field Office and recreation sites in northeastern Wyoming.