Celebrate Junior Ranger Day at Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343
In conjunction with National Park Week, Andersonville National Historic Site will celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 23, 2011. This program is designed to help children and families connect and engage in the National Park System as a whole as well as individual parks around the country with the theme of “Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger.”
As a Junior Ranger, you can help protect natural and historic areas in our country! There is no charge for these programs and there is no need to register. A parent or guardian is asked to accompany each participating Junior Ranger. Each child who completes our program will earn a Junior Ranger badge, and certificate when they are sworn in as Junior Rangers. New Junior Rangers can also begin the Junior Civil War Historian program. This new program requires visiting three participating parks before earning the historian patch.
Exploring the park and completing our Junior Ranger program allows children and their families the opportunity to better understand the sacrifices of the many brave men and women that have fought so hard for our freedom and the importance of preserving our nation’s history.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located ten miles south of Montezuma, Georgia, and ten miles north of Americus, Georgia on Highway 49. Park grounds, including Andersonville National Cemetery, open at 8:00 a.m. and the National Prisoner of War Museum opens at 8:30 a.m. The park, cemetery, and museum close at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 229-924-0343 or visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande
Did You Know?
On April 9, 1942 on the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines, 10,000 American soldiers became prisoners of the Japanese. Exactly 56 years later the National Prisoner of War Museum was dedicated. Many former POWs and their families attended, including survivors of the Bataan Death March.