Become a Junior SNOW Ranger


Image of: Snow Ranger leading kids on snowshoesImage of three children on snowshoes Image of hare tracks in the snow Image of girls cross country skiing through the forest Image of a boy trying to maneuver on snowshoes Image of girl digging a hole in snow to bury a test tube critter Image of boy digging hole in snow to bury his critter Image of ranger measuring temperatures of test tubes Image of instructor in snow pit Image of instructor in a snow pit in an avalanche position Image of two girsl on skis, smiling Image of Smokey and two Crested Butte Bears and kids


 These photographs are from 2 school field trips. Fifth grade students from the North Fork Valley spent a day on the Grand Mesa, learning to cross country ski while hunting for animal tracks. They also learned about snow layers, snow conditions and avalanche safety. Fourth graders from Montrose spent the day at the Black Canyon National Park exploring on snowshoes, and learning about animal adaptations for surviving winter. 

The Junior Snow Ranger program is designed for children in the 4th and 5th grade.  Outdoor and indoor activities are included in a colorful publication that highlights themes such as safety, wildlife, winter ecology, recreation, and the joy of winter fun.  The program mission is to inspire youth to embrace a life-long relationship with the winter environment, and to become stewards of the land.    The activity book highlights the role of a real snow ranger, the use of rescue dogs, and the continued importance of wildfire prevention during the winter.  In addition, it teaches kids how to make their own snowshoes, similar to those that were once used in some Native American cultures.

photo of booklet cover

download the Junior Snow Ranger booklet

Check out this site! Very cool snow crystal information and snow flake activities for kids (