Be A Junior Ranger
Try a fun way to learn about the park! Visit historic park sites and explore the natural environment.
Pick up a copy of the Junior Ranger Activity Guide at the visitor center. Participants may earn a badge by attending a Ranger program and completing three guidebook activities.
Recommended for children ages 5-12 years; open for all ages. No fees.
You may download the park's Junior Ranger booklet here. Once completed, you may mail the booklet to the park for a Park Ranger to review. We will then send to you a Junior Ranger badge!
You may mail the booklet to:
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
PO Box 434
Dover, TN 37058
(Please allow a few weeks for the completed books to return to you.)
Become a National Park WebRanger.
All of the Confederate forts that were part of this campaign...Fort Heiman, Fort Henry, and Fort Donelson, were built, in part, by slave labor. In addition, all three forts, once in Union hands, became places of refuge for African Americans who were making the often difficult transition between slavery and freedom.
You can learn more about the Underground Railroad by completing this booklet. When completed, you can mail the booklet to the park, and we will, in turn, send you a special Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Junior Ranger badge!
Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery is part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. To learn more about this network you can visit here.
Did You Know?
The embrasures at Fort Donelson were constructed of sand bags lined with rawhide. The rawhide was wet down to prevent the bags from catching fire during an engagement.