Kids & Youth

Frederick Douglass's grandchildren were constant visitors at Cedar Hill. They played croquet in his backyard, exercised with him in the front yard, practiced violin in his parlors, made biscuits in his kitchen, and picked produce from his garden. Douglass allowed his granddaughters to ride on his back as if he were a horse, and he let them braid his long hair with ribbons.

Kids of all ages still enjoy exploring the house and grounds at Cedar Hill, just as the Douglass grandchildren did more than 100 years ago. Use this page to find out what other activities are available for kids and youth at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
 
Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Program

Becoming a Junior Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is easy and fun! Ask a ranger for a Junior Ranger booklet at the visitor center. There are fourteen activities in the booklet; once you've completed eight or more activities, turn your booklet back into the ranger at the visitor center. The ranger will review your work, swear you in as a Junior Ranger, and issue you a Junior Ranger badge unique to this site. Feel free to download the Junior Ranger booklet before your visit.

Can't make it to the site? That's okay! We still want you to be a Junior Ranger. You can download the Junior Ranger booklet and work on it at home. Once you have completed eight or more activities, mail in the checklist at the end of the book. We will send you a Junior Ranger badge and you can spread the word about Frederick Douglass far and wide.

The Junior Ranger program is available at many other National Park Service sites. Learn more at Kids in Parks.

 
Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

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Civil War to Civil Rights Trading Cards

These trading cards reveal more about the role that Frederick Douglass and his comrades played in bringing about the abolition of slavery and the expansion of civil rights. Ask a ranger about the cards during your visit. There are five available on-site:

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Blanche K. Bruce
  • The North Star
  • Wendell Phillips
  • The Planter
 

Annual Oratorical Contest

Frederick Douglass used his oratory to change the world. Want to give it a try? Every year in December, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site hosts an oratorical contest to give young students the opportunity to show off their public speaking skills. Learn more on our Oratorical Contest page.

 
Winners of the 2014 Oratorical Contest

Winners of the 2014 Oratorical Contest recited segments of Frederick Douglass speeches at the opening ceremony for Frederick Douglass's 197th birthday. They were presented with these plaques by park staff.

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