Valles Caldera National Preserve Seeks Artwork for Junior Ranger Book


Valles Caldera National Preserve is seeking to commission illustrations for the park’s upcoming Junior Ranger program booklet. The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program offering young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service “family” as Junior Rangers. 

The NPS is seeking artists to create 12 background illustrations, 4 smaller landscape or topical illustrations, 3 black-and-white landscape sketches, 3 map-based illustrations, and 3 timeline- or chart-based illustrations. The target audience for these illustrations is youth ages 5 to 13. Illustration themes include volcanic processes, high-elevation ecosystems and wildlife, scenes of Valles Caldera, cultural history, sustainable practices, climate change, wildfires, and geographic maps. All commissioned artwork would become property of the National Park Service. 

For more information or to submit a proposal, please email When submitting a proposal, please include the following information: Contact info (name, email, phone, state of residence), a short description of why this project interests you, cost for the artwork, and a sample portfolio of at least three works. Proposals will be accepted through March 15.