Be A Junior Ranger
Become a Junior Ranger for the Chesapeake Bay
Two Junior Ranger badges are available - become a Captain John Smith Ranger or a Star-Spangled Banner Ranger. Or both!
Captain John Smith was quite an adventurer when he explored the Chesapeake Bay. The routes that he traveled and many of the places that he saw 400 years ago are now part of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic
As a Junior Ranger for the John Smith Trail, you will learn about:
It's easy and it's fun. Here's how:
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
A park ranger will review your work. If you've done a good job in learning about the trail, the ranger will mail you a badge and certify you as an official Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Junior Ranger.
Find Clues from the Past
Captain John Smith did not "discover" the Chesapeake Bay region. There were already people living here for thousands of years before the European settlers arrived. American Indians didn't leave written descriptions, but they left many other types of clues to tell us who they were and how they lived.
This is the stuff that archeologists study. If you enjoy digging in dirt, solving mysteries, and piecing together puzzles, you should check out the National Park Service website Archeology for Kids.
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Junior Ranger
Have you heard the national anthem for the United States? It starts "O say can you see, by the dawn's early light". Junior Rangers for the Star-Spangled Banner Trail learn how that song came to be the national anthem, an important "campaign" of the War of 1812 that happened in the Chesapeake Bay, and the people and places that are part of the story of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
Plus, you'll earn a special badge to show that you are an official Junior Ranger for the Star-Spangled Banner Trail.
Send the completed pages and your signed Junior Ranger Pledge to:
A park ranger will review your work. If you've done a good job learning about the trail, the ranger will mail you a badge and certify you as an official Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Junior Ranger.
Did You Know?
The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.