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Information iconMasonville Cove, Baltimore, Maryland. Rivers to Harbor Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. (All photos on this page: Caitlin Campbell/NPS)

Junior Ranger Program

No matter who you are or where you live, fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors with friends and family. For safe and enjoyable fishing trips, visit national fish hatcheries, national parks and national wildlife refuges. It you’re ready to learn, explore and have fun, fishing is for you.


Largemouth Bass illustration Caitlin Campbell
Largemouth bass

Earn Your Junior Ranger Fishing Badge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service created a Junior Ranger program about fishing. Junior rangers are typically between the ages of 5 and 13, but anyone can participate. Learn about the basics of fishing. Then plan an exciting trip to a national wildlife refuge, national park or national fish hatchery that offers great fishing opportunities.


crepuscular, mule deer at first light, green river, seedskadee nwr, tom koerner, usfws
Rainbow trout

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Download the book (or contact a participating national fish hatchery or national wildlife refuge to ask if booklets are available). 
  2. Complete as many activities in the book as you can.
  3. Visit a participating national fish hatchery or national wildlife refuge and show your completed book to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee or volunteer to receive your badge!
NOTE: Please call the office or visitor center before you visit to check hours and ask if they have the badges available.

Information iconGreer Ferry National Fish Hatchery in Arkansas. (Photo: USFWS)