• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

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For Kids

Veteran Jr. Rangers pose by the Fort Smith National Historic Site Welcome Sign.
Veteran Jr. Rangers pose around the Fort Smith National Historic Site Welcome Sign.
NPS Visitor Submission

Fort Smith National Historic Site offers programs throughout the year for children of all ages.

Children ages 5-12 can become Junior Park Rangers during their visit to the park. Inquire at the Visitor Center for a free booklet with activities geared for three different age groups; or you could download it here!

Our living history events are planned so that children as well as adults can enjoy and learn from the programs. Contact the park for a schedule of upcoming events.

Use the links on the right hand side to visit National Park Service sites for young people.


The Official Kids' Portal to the U.S. Government

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. It links to over 2,000 web pages, hosted by government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, grades 6-8, and educators. While it is the mission to link primarily to government sites written for kids, many of the sites selected also provide lesson plans and classroom activities for teachers.

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Did You Know?

Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.