Be A Junior Ranger
Have you ever wondered...
Why do national parks exist? Why is this ground special enough to save? How can I help to save it, too? Can't everyone be a Ranger in his or her own way?
Become a Junior Ranger at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP! Our park has four booklets of activities available for kids. After completing each booklet, Junior Rangers receive a patch to mark their accomplishment. Earn all four "rocker" patches to complete your set!
Our booklets are free and highlight each major battlefield in the park. Pick them up on-site (ask at the information desk) or download below.
After taking the Junior Ranger booklet with you to explore the battlefield, fill out the required sections with your best answers, and turn it in to the staff at the visitor center front desk. A ranger or volunteer will review your answers, then award you a Junior Ranger badge if you have met all of the necessary requirements.
Fredericksburg Battlefield Junior Ranger
Pick up your booklet at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center!
Or, download the Fredericksburg Battlefield Junior Ranger booklet here. Print off your own copy to look it over before you get to the park. Answer any questions you can, and plan what you'd like to do when you get here!
Chancellorsville Battlefield Junior Ranger
Pick up your booklet at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center!
Or, download the Chancellorsville Battlefield Junior Ranger booklet here. Just 12 miles west of Fredericksburg is the Chancellorsville Battlefield. Explore this booklet in advance of exploring the battlefield!
Wilderness Battlefield Junior Ranger
Pick up your booklet at Ellwood Manor (when open), the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter (when staffed), or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center! Check here for Operating Hours and Seasons.
Or, download the Wilderness Battlefield Junior Ranger booklet here. This booklet covers the Wilderness Battlefield and Ellwood Manor, a home that served as a headquarters and field hospital during the battle.
Spotsylvania Battlefield Junior Ranger
Pick up your booklet at the Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter (when staffed) or at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center! Check here for Operating Hours and Seasons.
Or, download the Spotsylvania Junior Ranger Activity Pages here. Learn more about the terrible fighting at Spotsylvania Court House and why this battle is important.
Did You Know?
In 2003, a monument to the 7th Michigan Infantry was placed where that unit crossed the Rappahannock River into the streets of Fredericksburg. It was the first Union regiment to cross the river during the Battle of Fredericksburg.The monument is on Sophia Street at the foot of Hawke Street.