- explorer Captain John Smith and his voyages on the Chesapeake Bay
- the American Indians who lived along the Chesapeake Bay
- what the Chesapeake Bay was like 400 years ago and what it is like today
- what you can do as a Junior Ranger to help the Chesapeake Bay.
- Download the Junior Ranger Activity Book
- Read the instructions in the introduction.
- Visit www.nps.gov/cajo, the website Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Here you'll find all the information you need to become a Junior Ranger for the trail.
- Complete the activity pages for your age group
- Send the completed pages and your signed Junior Ranger Pledge to:
Junior Ranger Program
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
Find Clues from the Past
Captain John Smith did not "discover" the Chesapeake Bay region. There were already people living here for thousands of years before the European settlers arrived. American Indians didn't leave written descriptions, but they left many other types of clues to tell us who they were and how they lived.
This is the stuff that archeologists study. If you enjoy digging in dirt, solving mysteries, and piecing together puzzles, you should check out the National Park Service website Archeology for Kids.