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.
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.
Did You Know?
The conditions at the federal jail at Fort Smith were so horrible that it received the nickname "Hell on the Border." Up to 50 men were crowded into one large cell with limited ventilation and poor sanitary conditions.