Ellis Island Closed Until Further Notice
As of May 2013: Due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be closed until further notice. A projected reopening date has not yet been established, follow our twitter account for updates. More »
Be A Junior Ranger
Want to be a Junior Ranger at Ellis Island? You can download the Ellis Island Junior Ranger booklet here!
This program gives you the opportunity to learn about Ellis Island and our nation's heritage by becoming a Junior Ranger! The activity book will guide you through the historic Ellis Island Immigration Station - you can learn what it was like to be an immigrant, and why it's important to protect and preserve historic places. It will take you about one hour to complete the booklet.
Due to its popularity, the booklet may not be available once you arrive at Ellis Island. You will want to print it before your visit by going to the link you see at the top of this page. When you get to Ellis Island, you can stop by the Information Desk if you have any questions.
This program is recommended for children ages 7-12. This program cannot be completed electronically or by mail.
Remember, if you can't visit Ellis Island or other National Parks, you can still be a WebRanger! Visit the National Park Service's nationwide online Junior Ranger Program at www.nps.gov/webrangers.
Did You Know?
From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco Bay processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West". Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. Access to the island is by private boat or public ferry from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo. Ferry services are reduced during the winter. More...