2013 National Junior Ranger Day Celebration
Join Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in a celebration of National Junior Ranger Day on April 20. Each of these sites in Brookline and Cambridge is connected to the 401 units of the National Park System in different ways, and April 20 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 art skills with activities asking you to capture Mr. Olmsted's landscape using provided art supplies. Then take a tour of the rambling design studios and learn the Olmsted firm's design secrets 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. Click here for more information on the John Fitzgerald National Historic Site's activities for kids.
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 tours on Saturday, April 20. Explore the "Road to Revolution" with park rangers on a new walking tour of the historic Tory Row neighborhood or join rangers on interactive house tours of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Castle Craigie." These two tours will be offered alternatively on the hour, from 10am-4pm.
Did You Know?
Even though Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a pacifist, in 1863 his oldest child Charles ran away to join the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.