Junior Ranger Program


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. Don’t forget to share your Junior Ranger Certification Stories on social media using #iandmcanal.

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 the I&M Canal Visitors Center,  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

Turn in your completed Junior Ranger booklet (see locations below) and be sworn in as an official Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area Junior Ranger. Once sworn in, you will receive your badge and certificate.

Junior Ranger Drop-Off Locations

I&M Canal Visitor Center & Lock 16 Gift Shop
754 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
DAILY: 10 AM – 4 PM

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 S Walnut Ln, Channahon, IL 60410
TUES – SAT: 10 AM – 4 PM
SUN: 12 PM – 4 PM

Junior Ranger “Ranger Days” 2024 Schedule*

*Check back for new dates as they are added.

Junior Ranger Program Questions?

For questions about the Junior Ranger program, 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 [email protected].