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! Our park has two booklets of activities available for kids. At the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, the booklet covers the Fredericksburg Battlefield, and it's free - you can pick up a copy at the information desk inside the visitor center. At the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, the Junior Ranger booklet featuring the Battle of Chancellorsville is free and is available at the front desk of the visitor center. There is also a free Junior Ranger booklet featuring the Battle of the Wilderness that can be picked up at Ellwood (when open), the Wilderness Exhibit Shelter (when staffed), or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center front desk.
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.
Did You Know?
About 85% of the dead in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery are unknown. Most of the dead are from the Civil War, but about 100 are 20th century American soldiers and there are a few spouses of soldiers.