• 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

Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger!

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Date: April 15, 2008
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

On Saturday, April 26, kids of all ages can celebrate National Park Week by bringing their families to Herbert Hoover National Historic Site for National Junior Ranger Day. Explore the park with your family or take a tour with a park ranger to complete your Junior Ranger booklet. Pick up the free activity booklets at the Visitor Center. Volunteers and park rangers will help you learn about the park. From 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., living history interpreters will demonstrate crafts, games, music, school teaching, and other activities from life in 19th century West Branch.

Kids who have completed Junior Ranger programs at other National Parks are invited to show off their collections of badges and patches.

The Junior Ranger program is designed to engage children and families in the stories embodied in their national parks. Children complete kid-friendly activity books that help them explore the park. When completed, they present their booklets to a ranger to earn a patch or badge and a certificate. There are Junior Ranger programs in 297 of over 390 National Parks.

National Park Week (April 19-27) is an annual presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of Your National Parks. Your National Parks are living examples of the best this Nation has to offer - our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. This year, take a moment, an hour, or a day to visit the national parks near you.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 of I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space.

Did You Know?

A game of Hooverball on the White House lawn.

President Hoover's doctor designed an athletic game to keep him fit. "Hooverball" is similar to volleyball, but scored like tennis. Players heave a six-pound medicine ball over the net. More...