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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

National Topics
Junior Ecxplorer: Native PlantsWild Horses and Burros Junior ExplorerGeology and Fossils Junior ExplorerWilderness Explorer
The latest Junior Explorer, Native Plants, digs into native plant communities on public lands and what the BLM is doing to protect and restore them.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.


Arizona BLM's Desert Fishes Activity Guide describes fish species in the southwest that are threatened or endangered.The Arizonal National Scenic Trail Junior Explorer Handbook explores the 800-mile trail that connects desert, mountains, forests, and people.




California's Carrizo Plain Junior Explorer Field Guide focues on the history and natural resources of the Carrizo Plain National Monument in central California.The California Coastal Junior Explorer describes the unique wildlife and ecosystems of the rocky coast of California.

The Fort Ord Activity Guide covers the wildlife, native plants, and culture of this historic fort alond the California coast.

California BLM's Headwaters Forest Reserve Junior Explorer is 34 pages, full color, and is loaded with exciting activities.

Piedras Blancas activity guide   
California's Piedras Blancas Lighthouse has done an activity guide.   


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. 




Sally Sage-Grouse Junior Explorer
Sally Sage-Grouse Explores Idaho takes kids on a bird's-eye tour of Idaho through Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.Raptor Quest includes activities at the Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Monument.

Discover the Malm Gulch Petrified Forest from the BLM Challis Field Office, investigates an ancient forest.

BLM's Pocatello Field Office has developed its own Junior Explorer to cover a variety of things to do.

Junior Explorer Trekking Volcaoes in Eastern IdahoDiscover the Clearwater River 
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 examines the history of this legendary Idaho river and includes information on fishing fun and cultural sites.



New Mexico

Kasha Katuwe National Monument Junior Explorer  
Organ Mountains/Dripping Springs Junior Explorer is from the Las Cruces Field OfficeNew Mexico's Kasha-Kateuwe National Monument has created a Junior Explorer booklet.




California Trai (Elko, NV)l Interp Center Junior ExplorerJunior Explorer Elko DistrictRed Rock Canyon Junior Explorer
California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nevada, has developed an activity book focusing on the historic trails in the area.Junior Explorer Elko District BLM describes the lands and resources in northeastern Nevada

Junior Explorer Discovery Book of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, NV, explores the Mojave Desert.

The Nevada Adventure Book includes activities all over the state.


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

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

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

The Table Rocks in Oregon are part of a National Monument.   


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




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

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.