Photo by Justin Scott, NPS

Girl Scouts can earn patches and certificates by completing projects in national parks as part of a revamped Girl Scout Ranger Program.

The program, a joint venture between the National Park Service and the Girl Scouts of the USA, connects girls to national parks throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites.

National Park Service Deputy Director (and Girl Scout) Peggy O’Dell and GSUSA National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan joined 6,200 Girl Scouts for a hike and festival that celebrated the announcement of the program at Golden Gate Naitonal Recreation Area on Saturday, May 2.

“The National Park Service and Girl Scouts have the same goal – providing meaningful and memorable outdoor experiences for girls,” said O’Dell. “This partnership will introduce scouts to the many ways they can play, learn, serve, and work in our national parks. We want each girl to ‘Find Your Park’ and enjoy these treasures.”

Girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Girl Scouts also can design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project.

For an FAQ about the program and designing projects: Click Here.

Girls and troops who wish to participate in the program can visit to locate a park near their home. There, they can also explore the history of the park and learn about its natural and cultural resources. Troop leaders and parents can arrange activities, such as hikes, bike rides, wildlife watching, and guided interpretive tours.