• Pink flowers blossom in the garden of a white two-room cottage.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Explore, Learn, Protect: National Junior Ranger Day 2009

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Date: March 27, 2009
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-7855

WEST BRANCH, IOWA—On Saturday, April 25, kids of all ages can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. 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. Park rangers will help you learn about the park. 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 almost 300 of our 390 National Parks.

National Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week (April 19-26), an annual presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of Your National Parks. 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?

Hoover's birthplace as it appeared before restoration: a two-story white frame house.

Herbert Hoover's birthplace was a tourist attraction as early as 1928. Jennie Scellers, the house's owner, charged 10 cents for tours and set up a souvenir stand on her lawn. More...