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The National Park Service's Junior Ranger program began in the 1960s and was adopted to help kids and their families explore and learn about their national parks, cultivating future generations of park stewards.

Participate in the Junior Ranger program at General Grant National Memorial, and learn about General Grant, his final resting place, and the National Park Service.

Become a Junior Ranger at General Grant National Memorial

Children and adults who visit General Grant National Memorial can become a Junior Ranger by completing the program booklet on site. Stop by the visitor center to pick up a copy. After you complete it (ask a ranger or an adult with you for help if you need it!) turn it in at the visitor center to be sworn in and receive your official General Grant National Memorial Junior Ranger badge! Please note that the information necessary to complete the booklet can only be found on site, so a visit to "Grant's Tomb" is required for the General Grant National Memorial Junior Ranger Program.

 
Junior ranger on the left wearing a vest and hat, holding right hand up while on the right, a Park Ranger in uniform holds their right hand up while reading from junior ranger booklet in left hand.
Junior ranger being sworn in by General Grant National Memorial Park Ranger

Become a Virtual Junior Ranger!


Earn your special virtual Junior Ranger badge today! Listed below are different activities to help you learn about General Grant, his final resting place with Julia Dent Grant, and the National Park Service! A parent, grandparent, scout leader or other helpful adult can provide help if needed, just remember to have fun!

If you need additional help or have any questions, you can
email a park ranger here at General Grant National Memorial.
  • Ages 5-7: Complete one or more activities
  • Ages 8-10: Complete two or more activities
  • Ages 11+: Complete three or more activities
 
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National Park Service Emblem

Activity One: Color in the National Park Service Arrowhead!


The arrowhead is the symbol of the National Park Service. Each element of the arrowhead represents a feature that the National Park Service serves to protect. The sequoia tree and the bison represent nature, the mountains and water represent recreation, and the arrowhead represents history and archeology. The emblem symbolizes the values of National Park Rangers!

 
8 Park Rangers standing side by side wearing their green and grey uniforms, while the mausoleum is in the background with American flags hanging down
Park Rangers standing in front of General Grant National Memorial

Activity Two: Help Us Care for our National Parks!


The National Park Service began to care for Ulysses S. Grant’s final resting place, General Grant National Memorial, in 1958. This site is now a place to remember his legacy and how it impacts our lives today. Did you know that General Grant National Memorial is one of over 400 National Parks across the country, and one of 23 special destinations in the 11 parks that make up the National Parks of New York Harbor? The National Park Service protects and preserves places that are special to the American people. National Park Rangers care for all National Parks, but it is a job we cannot do alone. The stewardship of the American people is vital to the well-being of our national treasures.
  1. What are some things YOU can do to help care for our National Parks
  2. Have you ever visited a National Park before? If so, where and what did you think of your experience? If not, what National Park would you love to see most? (ex. Statue of Liberty, Redwoods, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and many more!)
  3. Would you like to have a career with the National Park Service one day? Why or why not?
  4. Park Rangers care for National Parks. Describe what else a Park Ranger does:
 
Graphic print of mausoleum in background, with grass and trees surrounding and pavement with horse and carriage and people dressed in 1900s wear, and the Hudson River on the left
"Tomb of General Ulysses S. Grant, Riverside Drive, New York City" 1897

Library of Congress

Activity Three: Ulysses S. Grant Word Scramble

  1. MIRAH SELYSUS Grant was born on April 27, 1822 in Point Pleasant, OH. Due to a clerical error, Grant was entered into West Point as ‘U.S. Grant’ which was how he became known as Ulysses S. Grant
  2. While in WSET OPNIT, Grant was roommates with Fred Dent. Fred would write to his sister, Grant’s future wife Julia, writing: “I want you to know him...He is pure gold. I have never known him to use profane or vulgar word...he is a splendid fellow.”
  3. Grant served in the XEMCINA MECIRARN War as quartermaster. During the war, Grant earned two brevet promotions as a result of his bravery, horsemanship, and resourcefulness.
  4. Grant and Julia AMRRDIE in St. Louis in 1848, and went on to have four children
  5. After resigning from the Army in 1854, Grant built a small log house that the family called HRADBSCBBAEL
  6. In the beginning of the Civil War, Grant quickly rose to fame following his victories at Forts Henry and Donelson, where he earned the nickname “NUOCNDITINOLA URRSENRDE” Grant
  7. In 1864, President BRAHAMA NCILNO appointed President Lincoln to become Commanding General of all Union armies in March, 1864.
  8. Following the fall of the FEDOCNERETA capital at Richmond in 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House
  9. In 1848 at the age of 46, Grant was the youngest President DELCTEE, and the first after the nation outlawed slavery
  10. In March 1869, Grant signed legislation that established LLOYESWOTNE as the nation’s first National Park
  11. After his Presidency, Grant was diagnosed with TOHTRA cancer in the fall of 1884
  12. On August 8, 1885 in New York City, Grant’s NEFURLA procession surpassed any public demonstration in the country up until that time, with attendance of 1.5 million people
  13. The monument was completed in 1897, and the EDADICTINO ceremony was held on August 27, 1897, the 75th Anniversary of Grant’s birth
  14. Julia Dent Grant died in 1902, and was placed in AMCHTNIG sarcophagus next to her husband of almost 40 years
  15. General Grant National Memorial is the LRAGSTE mausoleum in North America
 
Graphic of Ulysses S. Grant facing right in the center, of mini images depicting important moments throughout Grants life
"Ulysses S. Grant from West Point to Appomattox," 1885

Library of Congress

Activity Four: Quiz Time!

After learning about Ulysses S. Grant using this link, answer the following questions about his life and achievements!
  1. Ulysses S. Grant was given the name _________ at birth.
  2. TRUE OR FALSE: Grant’s name was listed on the roster as Ulysses S. Grant by mistake. ________________
  3. Grant went to ­­­­___________ for college. He graduated in 1843 and was 21st out of 39 cadets in his class.
  4. Ulysses served in what war before the Civil War? He served in this war from 1846-1848. _______________________________________
  5. TRUE OR FALSE: Julia Dent and Ulysses S. Grant got married before the Civil War. _____________
  6. Before the Civil War, what job did Ulysses have while in Galena, IL? _________________________________________
  7. During the Civil War, what was Grant’s nickname because of his victories in the Battles of Ft. Donelson and Ft. Henry? ________________________________________
  8. TRUE OR FALSE: Grant supported President Abraham Lincoln’s aims of freeing the nearly 4 million African Americans enslaved in the South. _______________________
  9. What day did Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrender the Army of Northern Virginia, effectively ending the Civil War? _________________________________
  10. TRUE OR FALSE: Ulysses S. Grant is the 17th President of the United States. __________
  11. Grant supported and signed the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave African American men the ____________________________
  12. Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation designating __________________ the first National Park in 1872
  13. TRUE OR FALSE: Julia and Ulysses Grant embarked on a two-year world tour and settled in Indiana. ___________
  14. Ulysses S. Grant died in __________ from throat cancer.
  15. Ulysses S. Grant’s book ______________________ is still considered one of the best military commentaries ever written
 
Two images of the beginning of Julia's letter to Mayor Grace, and second image of the end of her letter, written on tan paper with black cursive handwriting
Letter from Julia Dent Grant to New York City Mayor William Grace, 1885

National Park Service, Manhattan Historic Sites Archive

Activity Five: Why is the Memorial in New York City?

Using the letter that Grant’s wife Julia wrote to the New York City Mayor William Grace on October 29, 1885, answer the following questions to learn why New York City was selected by Julia as Grant’s final resting place.
A Letter from Julia D. Grant to NYC Mayor William Grace, October 29, 1885

“Dear sir:
Your letter of the 16th came during my absence and was had on my return from Long Branch. Riverside was selected by myself and my family as the burial place for my husband, General Grant. First, because I believe New York was his preference. Second, it is near the residence that I hope to occupy as long as I live, and where I will be able to visit his resting place often. Third, I have believed, and am now convinced, that the tomb will be visited by as many of his countrymen there as it would be at any other place. Fourth, the offer of a park in New York was the first which observed and unreservedly assented to the only condition imposed by General Grant himself, namely, that I should have a place by his side."


Questions:

  1. Name two reasons why New York City was selected by Julia as the final resting place for Ulysses S. Grant.
  2. What reasons do you have for wanting to be near your family or friends?
  3. Do you agree with the reasons why Julia chose for Grant’s remains to be kept in New York City? Why or why not?
  4. If you have visited General Grant National Memorial before, what were your initial impressions of the memorial? If you have not visited the memorial before, would you like to visit one day? Why or why not?
 
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General Grant National Memorial Word Search

Activity Six: General Grant National Memorial Word Search


Search for the words in the black box, and featured in bold in the text below.


HIRAM Ulysses Grant was born April 27, 1822, in Point Pleasant, Ohio. In order to attend college, Grant’s father got him an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. By mistake, his name was listed on the roster as Ulysses S. GRANT. Knowing this would upset his father, Ulysses accepted the change. Ulysses' roommate his last year at West Point was Fred Dent, who invited Grant to visit the Dent home. During a visit in February 1844 he met one of Fred's sisters, JULIA Dent. The two fell in love, and Ulysses and Julia married in St. Louis on August 22, 1848 after the conclusion of the Mexican American WAR. During the Civil War, Grant rose through the ranks and was appointed by President Lincoln to become commanding GENERAL of all UNION armies in March, 1864. After years of fighting, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant at APPOMATTOX, Virginia on April 9, 1865. Grant was nominated for President, and his statement at the Republican Convention, “Let us have PEACE,” expressed the nation’s mood after the Civil War. In 1868, Grant was elected the 18th PRESIDENT of the United States. Grant’s presidency was dedicated to the cause of racial equality and equal CIVIL RIGHTS for all citizens. In 1870, the 15th amendment was ratified to assure voting rights of citizens regardless of race, color, or previous servitude. On March 1, 1872 Grant signed legislation establishing YELLOWSTONE as the nation’s first National Park. After his Presidency, Grant and his family set out on a world tour in 1877 that lasted almost three years. Upon their return home from their travels, Ulysses and Julia lived in a home in Manhattan. General Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885 at the age of 63. Ulysses and Julia Grant are entombed at the General Grant National MEMORIAL in New York City.
 
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Architectural elements inside and outside General Grant National Memorial

Activity Seven: Picture Match


General Grant National Memorial was designed by architect John Duncan in a mixture of classical styles. Using the pictures from inside and outside of the General Grant National Memorial, write the letter of each picture next to the correct definition.
  • A room with a circular plan, usually with a dome: ______
  • A triangle-shaped device that allows a dome to go over a square room: ___
  • An upright post with a carved top: ___
  • Horizontal decorative molding along the top of a wall or roof: ___
  • Used to give the appearance of support but is purely decorative: ____

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