Flat Rangers

Two paper flat rangers on a map of the canal
Two Flat Rangers get ready to explore the C&O Canal!
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown is the story of a boy who is accidentally flattened by a bulletin board. Because he is flat, he can travel by mail and have lots of adventures!

We're inviting you to make your own Flat Rangers and send them to the C&O Canal! Like Flat Stanley, Flat Rangers travel across the country by mail. They visit America's National Parks and send home pictures and information about all the places they see.

Send your Flat Ranger to the C&O Canal and we'll take them on a guided tour, a hike along the river, or a canal boat ride!

 
Blank outline of a Flat Ranger cut-out
Use your imagination to make your own Flat Ranger!

Start Your Adventure!

Make a Flat Ranger

You can download our Flat Ranger (pdf, 200 KB) cutouts or draw your own.

Decorate your Ranger any way you want and don't forget to name your flat friend!

Write a Letter

Send a letter with your Flat Ranger asking for information, pictures, and a story of your Flat Ranger's adventures.

You can download our Flat Ranger Letter (Word, 12 KB). Make sure to include your name and a return address!

Pick a Park

You can send your Flat Ranger to C&O Canal National Historical Park and then to other National Parks.

Search for parks by keyword or by state at www.nps.gov.

Mail Your Flat Ranger

You can send your Flat Ranger to one park at a time or you can send him/her on a longer trip.

If you want to send your Flat Ranger on a long trip, be sure to put that in your letter. You can include a list of parks you want your Flat Ranger to visit or you can ask the Ranger to pick a park for you.

(If your Flat Ranger needs to be home by a certain date, put that in your letter, too.)

 

Send your Flat ranger to:

C&O Canal National Historical Park - Headquarters
Attention: Flat Ranger
1850 Dual Hwy
Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

(301) 739-4200
This phone number is answered Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.

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