In 2015, the Girl Scouts and U.S. National Park Service introduced the Girl Scout Ranger patch.
1. Choose a National Park Service siteEdit
Visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm. Choose a national park, a monument, or any of 407 sites protected by the National Park Service. Explore nature, learn the history and read the stories to discover why it is important to preserve your park.
2. Imagine Yourself in a National ParkEdit
Brainstorm activities that you might want to experience at a national park. Consider working outside with a geologist or inside identifying fossils. Maybe wildfire restoration, building a bridge, or a night sky project interests you.
3. Contact the park and make a planEdit
Call the park (the phone number is on the park’s website under Contact Us). Identify yourself as a Girl Scout. Ask if there is someone who works with the Girl Scout Ranger program or a volunteer coordinator. Express your ideas to the coordinator. Together, plan a project to help the park and fulfill your goals.
4. Go to the park and Have Fun!Edit
If your park does not have a volunteer program or is too far away to visit, create a Take Action Project.
Send photographs or emails of your project and time spent in the park to the National Park Service at http://www.nps.gov/common/utilities/sendmail/sendemail.cfm?o=8197%28HI%2B%26N%5B2%24J1RHZQ%3AFOF%3A35IP2L8%2E%29%0A&r=/subjects/youthprograms/girlscoutranger.htm, or submit completed Take Action projects to GSUSA’s Map It Girls Changing the World.