Junior Ranger Program

Become a Junior Ranger

Explore the outdoors. Protect your watershed.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s free junior ranger program encourages kids to explore the outdoors and helps instill an appreciation for our natural surroundings. Aspiring junior rangers will learn about the history of the area as well as fascinating plant and wildlife facts, all while having a great time! The program highlights the importance of protecting the Escondido Creek Watershed and the parks we love so everyone in the community can continue to enjoy them.junior ranger badge

Become an EFRR junior ranger in five easy steps…

  1. Visit Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty to pick up your free junior ranger booklet (be sure to check the interpretive center hours on our home page when planning your trip!)
  2. Spend time walking along one of our trails to get a feel for the nature around you.
  3. Complete the booklet activities according to the instructions for your age range.
  4. Return the booklet to any EFRR ranger or docent. After checking your work, the ranger or docent will sign your booklet.
  5. Take the junior ranger pledge and receive your badge!


Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve’s junior ranger program was created by local Girl Scout troop 4158 in 2015.

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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