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Ranger Rick Magazine

Learn about the beloved children's wildlife magazine, Ranger Rick.

Ranger Rick magazine teaches children about wildlife and the environment. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
©Jupiter Images, 2009
Ranger Rick magazine teaches children about wildlife and the environment.

Published by the National Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick magazine is written for children ages 7 to 12. The magazine encourages children to explore the wonders of nature and instills the value of conservation through its articles and activities, which focus on environmental topics from animal extinction to global warming.

The magazine contains photographs and nonfiction articles about animals and their natural habitats, as well as stories, learning puzzles and games. Each issue of the magazine contains a story about the adventures of Ranger Rick, an environmentalist raccoon, and one or more of his friends from Deep Green Wood: Boomer Badger, Becky Hare, Cubby Bear, Mollie Muskrat, Ollie Otter, Sammy Squirrel, Scarlet Fox and Zelda Possum. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society Web site features one of Ranger Rick's adventures from the magazine.

Ranger Rick has received the Parent's Choice Foundation Gold Award and the Association of Educational Publishers has recognized the magazine for distinguished achievement in its illustrations, feature articles, photography and Web site. Keep reading for more information on how Ranger Rick got started and how to subscribe to the magazine.

Ranger Rick's Beginning

Ranger Rick was a character created by the National Wildlife Federation to educate children about conservation. Jay Norwood Ding Darling, the first president of the National Wildlife Federation, was a political cartoonist who was instrumental in Ranger Rick's creation. The character first appeared in 1958 in a book titled "The Adventures of Rick Raccoon."

Nine years later, Ranger Rick began regular appearances in Ranger Rick magazine. The magazine began publication in 1967 as a part of the National Wildlife Federation's mission "to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future." The magazine focuses on educating children on wildlife and the environment through interactive games and engaging content.

The Federation believes that the first step in promoting conservation is providing information; with knowledge in hand, people will be inspired to help care for the environment. Ranger Rick started out as a forest ranger that enforced good laws and good policies toward wildlife. He has evolved into a hero who investigates environmental problems with his friends and tries to find solutions. Ranger Rick is also an authoritative source of information on wildlife as he answers readers' questions in each issue of the magazine.

Over time, Ranger Rick has become a household name. According to the National Wildlife Federation, Ranger Rick magazine has a circulation of 550,000. The magazine's success has led to the development of magazines for younger readers as well. Currently, the National Wildlife Federation also publishes Wild Animal Babies for children ages 1 to 4 and Your Big Backyard for children ages 3 to 7.

Online Resources from Ranger Rick

On the Ranger Rick Web site, kids can explore areas like Nature Quest, which offers information about the environment written for kids; the Book Nook, which lists children's books about wildlife; and fun games and activities. The site also has a Homework Help page with animal guides, an index of past articles and a searchable collection of "Ask Ranger Rick" nature questions and answers that were previously published in the magazine.

Ranger Rick magazine's educator's guide includes a monthly three-page teacher's guide, a nature notebook page for each month, and a list of other resources and tips for extending literacy and science learning.

Subscribe to Ranger Rick Magazine

Subscriptions to Ranger Rick magazine may be purchased from the National Wildlife Federation online or by phone. Their toll free number is 1-800-822-9919. Discount subscriptions for Ranger Rick can often be obtained through online magazine subscription services.

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