Become an Illinois & Michigan Canal Junior Ranger!

Have some fun and learn about America’s first National Heritage Area. You’ll receive a Junior Ranger badge, certificate and a whole lot of knowledge that you can share with others about the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

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How to Participate

Step #1

To become a certified Junior Ranger, you’ll need a Junior Ranger booklet and a copy of the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area’s map brochure (where you’ll find all the answers to complete the Junior Ranger certification!). Both are free and available at participating attractions in the I & M Canal National Heritage Area, Illinois Tourism Offices and Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureaus. There is no fee to participate in the Junior Ranger program.

Step #2

Complete the number of Junior Ranger booklet activities according to your age.

  • Up to 6 years old – 3 activities
  • 7-9 years old – 5 activities
  • 10-12 years old – 7 activities

Step #3

See all the locations below where you can turn in your completed Junior Ranger booklet and be sworn in as an official Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area Ranger. Once sworn in, you will receive your badge and certificate.

Junior Ranger “Ranger Days” 2021 Schedule*

Schedule coming soon

*Check back often for new dates as they are added.

Junior Ranger Program Questions?

For questions about the Junior Ranger program or to request multiple copies for your class or group, or other inquiries please contact the Canal Corridor Association via phone (815) 220-1848 or email