Junior Ranger Day 2012
Contact: Rhonda Schier, 610-783-1008
Contact: Elaine Wilner, 215-525-4161
Valley Forge, Pa-The weary soldiers who arrived at Valley Forge in December, 1777, left six months later a disciplined army.On Saturday, April 28, kids ages 6-12 will get a taste of the training that created America's effective fighting force on the historic grounds where it happened 224 years ago. At learning stations set up around the grounds, rangers and educators will help kids enjoy the park in a whole new way.
-Muster Roll, beginning every hour, 10:00 to 1:00. - Drill with wooden muskets according to the training procedures of Baron Von Steuben.
National Park Service Junior Ranger Program
The Junior Ranger program was created by the National Park Service to provide kids between the ages of 6-12 with hands-on, in-depth information about the resources that our parks protect. Over 200 parks participate in the program. Activity booklets are available in the Visitor Center and online at http://www.nps.gov/vafo/forkids/upload/VAFO_JuniorRanger-2.pdf.This popular program has inspired an annual summer camp, this year offered in partnership with The Franklin Institute.
National Junior Ranger Day at Valley Forge National Historical Park
Rain Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012. Check the park website: www.nps.gov/vafo or on Facebook the day of the event if the weather is questionable.
For more information on the Junior Ranger program at Valley Forge: http://www.nps.gov/vafo/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm
Did You Know?
Following the Civil War, a patriotic organization worked to raise funds to purchase the Isaac Potts house as an historic site. By the 1880's, the house was open to the public, followed by the establishment of Valley Forge State Park in 1893.