In conjunction with National Junior Ranger Day this Saturday, April 26th, Cedar Creek and BelleGrove National Historical Park is launching its new Junior Ranger Program. Tremendously popular throughout the 401 units of the National Park System, Junior Ranger programs are a great way to get kids, and their families, interested and involved in their national parks.
"Junior Ranger programs are designed to include the whole family and involve fun and engaging hands-onactivities," says Park Ranger Eric Campbell. "Our new program and activities highlight the many stories of thehistory of the Shenandoah Valley, along with the various resources andfacilities owned and managed by the park's partners."
The park's new Junior Rangerprogram is designed for children, ages 5-13, who can earn a Junior Ranger badgeand certificate by completing activities contained within the Junior Ranger booklet. 16 activities take young visitors through exhibits and self-guided walks and tours throughout thepark. Once kids complete the appropriateactivities for their age group, rangers and park volunteers will issue their badge and certificate. Booklets can bepicked up and returned at the park's Visitor Contact Station at 7712 Main Street in Middletown. The Junior Ranger booklet, ranger badge and certificate are free.
"We are so excited to expand our programming for young visitors," noted Site Manager, Amy Bracewell." Participation in the Junior Ranger Program provides a fun and personal experience for kids of all ages and creates lifelong memories and connections to the national parks."
This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, fought on October 19, 1864. The National Park Service, along with all of its Key Partners, are planning a series of special events, programs and activities through 2014 to commemorate this significant event in Shenandoah Valley history. Information on theseevents, along with other information on the park, can be found on the park website (www.nps.gov/cebe)or by calling: (540) 869-3051.
Did You Know?
U.S. 11 and I-81 follow the paths of much earlier highways? The Great Wagon Road dates from colonial times and was used by people traveling from Philadelphia to settle the backcountry of Virginia and the Carolinas. Parts of the route in Virginia follow an even older path, the Warriors' Road.