Yosemite schedules a number of children's programs. Kids ages 3 to 6 can join the Little Cubs, and those from 7 to 13 can become Junior Rangers, by completing projects in a booklet ($3 for Little Cubs and $3.50 for Junior Rangers); those in the Junior Ranger program also collect a bag of trash and participate in a ranger program. Upon completion, Little Cubs receive a button; Junior Rangers get a patch. The booklets are available at the Nature Center at Happy Isles, Yosemite Valley and Tuolumne Meadows visitor centers, and the Wawona and Big Oak Flat information stations.
Free ranger-led walks and talks, many suitable for kids, are held at various locations throughout the park. The programs vary by season, so check your Yosemite Guide (handed out at park entrances) to find out what's happening during your visit. The Happy Isles Nature Center (shuttle-bus stop no. 16) has displays and dioramas of park animals that children will enjoy.
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