• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

For Kids

A park ranger quizzes a little girl at an activity table.

Kids participate in activities at the Junior Ranger table during Hooverfest.

NPS Photo

Herbert Hoover made a lot of discoveries growing up in West Branch. So can your kids. Many things to do at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site are great for families with children. See the schedule of events for what's happening.

Junior Rangers

Anyone can be a Junior Ranger any time of year by earning an official badge and certificate after completing activities during a visit to the park. Be a Junior Ranger »

Bookstore

The not-for-profit Eastern National bookstore at the park visitor center sells quality educational products like books, puzzles, and games. Read more »

School Field Trips

Educators and parents may download free curriculum materials to prepare for a visit. Plan a field trip »

Volunteer

Volunteer project days may include appropriate tasks for children. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts may earn resource stewardship patches by participating in national park programs and volunteer projects. Find volunteer opportunities »

Activities for Home

Build the Herbert Hoover Birthplace Cottage from a piece of paper! Download PDF file »

Make a storyteller to ask questions and get answers about Herbert Hoover's childhood! Download PDF file »

 
Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, 2009

Allan Hoover III, great-grandson of President Hoover, presented Vanessa Espinosa with a $5,000 scholarship in 2009.

Photo courtesy of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association

Uncommon Student Award

The Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award, a scholarship program of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Be an Uncommon Student »

Did You Know?

Rows of wooden pupils' desks.

The West Branch Schoolhouse was built in 1853 making it the oldest building at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The town's Quakers also used the one-room building as their first meetinghouse. More...