Temporary Suspention Notice: In an effort to protect public health and safety as the state responds to COVID-19, Silver Strand State Beach has temporarily suspended all Junior Ranger activities. Thank you for your understanding.

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Saturdays 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Dates and Topics:

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - Surprise! 
Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Birdwatching 
Saturday, January 18, 2020 - Beach Safety 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - Invertebrates

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Stormwater Pollution
Saturday, February 8, 2020 - Tides
Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Western Snowy Plover
Saturday, February 22, 2020 - Animal Tracks 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - Beach Safety

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - Sand 
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Plants 
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - Birdwatching
Saturday, March 28, 2020 - Beach Safety

Schedule is subject to change.

What is Junior Rangers?

“Junior Rangers” gather at more than 70 state parks from the redwood region, to the high sierra, to the sunny Southern California beaches. Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to take part in this exciting program, designed to help them discover the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in parks.

Junior Rangers at Silver Strand State Beach

At Silver Strand State Beach, the Junior Ranger program takes place most Saturdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.
Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge, and other awards as they progress through the program.
Activities take place outside, so please dress for the weather. If you have concerns about the sun, please remember your sunscreen, hat, and any other sun protection you require. Feel free to bring a bottle of water to drink during the activity.


Jr Ranger Activity Calendar

Activity Event Details link: https://www.parks.ca.gov/Events

Where we meet

Junior Ranger programs will begin near the tables outside the lifeguard headquarters. Look for the four-story-high tower on the ocean-side of the highway.

Activities may take us to different areas of Silver Strand State Beach, but we will begin and end outside the lifeguard headquarters.

For Parents and Guardians

Junior Rangers is designed for children ages 7-12.

The Jr. Ranger program is offered free of charge, but there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach.

Each Jr. Ranger must be signed up by a parent or guardian. This may be done before the beginning of each program. (Adults are also welcome to attend with their kids.)

A parent or guardian should be available at the beach during Jr. Ranger programs, in case of an emergency.

California State Parks Mission

The mission of California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Directions to the State Beach

The entrance to Silver Strand State Beach is located off Highway 75 between the cities of Coronado and Imperial Beach.
From Coronado-
By car: driving South on Highway 75, take the Coronado Cays Boulevard exit. At the bottom of the off ramp, turn west and follow Silver Strand Beach Road to the park entrance station.
By bus: take bus # 901 and get off at the Coronado Cays stop. Follow the sidewalk to the west of the highway and into the state beach.
From Imperial Beach-
By car: driving North on Highway 75, stop at the light with signs for “State Beach” and “Coronado Cays Blvd.” Turn left and pass under the highway. Follow Silver Strand Beach Road to the park entrance station.
By bus: take bus # 901 and get off at the Coronado Cays stop. Follow the sidewalk south to the stoplight. Cross at the signal to pass under the highway. Follow the sidewalk into the state beach. Be careful of cars coming off the highway.
There is a fee to bring a car into the State Beach.

Once Inside the State Beach

Junior Ranger programs will begin near the tables outside the lifeguard headquarters. Look for the four-story-high tower on the ocean-side of the highway.