2014 National Junior Ranger Day Celebration
Join John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in a celebration of National Junior Ranger Day on April 26. Each of these sites in Brookline and Cambridge is connected to the 401 units of the National Park System in different ways, and April 26 is your day to explore! Visit any of the sites between 10am and 4pm to earn your Junior Ranger badge as well as complete other fun activities. Visitors who successfully complete a tri-site challenge will earn a special surprise. Keep reading to find out what each site has planned!
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Park Rangers at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site invite you to hone your artist skills with activities that ask you to capture Mr. Olmsted's landscape using provided art supplies. Then take a tour of the rambling design studios and learn the design secrets of the Olmsted's and how they created thousands of landscapes across the country, from Central Park in New York to Stanford University in California. Click here to read more about activities at Olmsted National Historic Site!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
Join a Park Ranger at John F. Kennedy National Historic Site to solve a series of puzzles inside the birthplace of America's 35th president. As you explore, you'll learn about some of the challenges the Jack Kennedy faced as a boy and what life was like in 1917. After the program, you will have a chance to make a bookmark and learn about some of John F. Kennedy's favorite books as a child.
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters NHS invites kids of all ages to participate in special Junior Ranger Day tour, exploring the "Road to Revolution" with park rangers on a new walking tour of the historic Tory Row neighborhood. Families can also gather on the lawn for games and activities. Click here to read more about Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters.
Did You Know?
Like many middle-class families in Brookline, the Kennedy’s relied upon the many contributions of live-in domestic help. Mary O’Donaghue and Alice Michelan, two first-generation Americans, cooked, cleaned and cared for the children, enabling the family to live their version of the American dream.