• Saugus Iron Works Panorama

    Saugus Iron Works

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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Become A Junior Ranger

Greetings Junior Rangers,

Welcome to the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site!

You’re about to embark on a very important mission: to become a Junior Ranger! Junior Rangers are very important to our National Parks. As a Junior Ranger you can help park rangers with their jobs. Park rangers at Saugus Iron Works are responsible for the entire park. They’re responsible for natural resources like the trees, the river, wildlife, fish and wetlands; and they’re responsible for cultural resources like the artifacts, the reconstructed industrial site, and the Iron Works House. Park Rangers are also responsible for the people who visit the park – like you and your family.

A Junior Ranger has to learn about Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, share this knowledge with other people, and teach others how and why we should care for our special historic places. As a Junior Ranger who cares about the Iron Works one of your most important jobs is to help preserve it for the future.

In this Junior Ranger Activity Guide you will find activities and information that will help you understand more about the park, its history, and the cultural and natural resources we preserve and protect. Your training will include a variety of activities. You can choose which ones you would like to complete and the order in which you would like to complete them. When you have completed the activities for your age group, show your guide to a Ranger at theVisitor Center. There you will recite the Junior Ranger Pledge, sign your Junior Ranger Certificate, and receive your official Junior Ranger Badge. You’ll be able to take everything home with you so you may share your Saugus Iron Works experience with your family and friends.

Have Fun!

Junior Ranger Activity Pages

Did You Know?

Burning Charcoal

Colliers were skilled workers who created charcoal. To make this fuel, large mounds of wood were created and then allowed to slow burn from the inside-out. This process could take anywhere from ten to fourteen days, and required constant vigilance from the collier. If the mound were to burn too quickly the colliers would be left with nothing but a pile of ashes.