Junior Ranger Day: Our Parks' Futures Made Present
Contact: Kelly Cardwell, 315-338-7730
The first Junior Ranger Day was declared this year by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service Director Mary Bomar. There are over 260 Junior Ranger programs in all of our National Parks. Junior Ranger Day was established to introduce the world's children to their National Parks. Fort Stanwix National Monument has picked Saturday, August 25, 2007, Founder’s Day of the National Park Service, to celebrate this very special day.
The theme of the day will be: “What Can You Learn Today.” Children of all ages and their families are welcome to come and learn about what the National Park Service mission is, how the staff at Fort Stanwix work together to serve it every day, how other children have already become a part of Junior Rangers, and the importance of Fort Stanwix National Monument. In keeping with the National Park Service Junior Ranger motto, “Explore, Learn, Protect,” Fort Stanwix is hoping that Junior Ranger Day will spur an interest in this young generation to learn more about whatever special places they treasure.
Fort Stanwix National Monument is open seven days a week, 9 am – 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Days. Admission to the Marinus Willett Center, fort, and all programming is free. Visitors are encouraged to start their experience at the Willett Center at the intersection of West Dominick and James Streets. A park ranger can assist you in planning your visit. For more information about upcoming events call the park at 315-338-7730. Please visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/fost/forkids.htm for additional information.
Did You Know?
At the time of the American Revolution, boys as young as 14 could become an officer in the British Army, and command men 2 to 3 times their age.