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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.
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.
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!
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.
Activity Three: Ulysses S. Grant Word Scramble
Activity Four: Quiz Time!After learning about Ulysses S. Grant using this link, answer the following questions about his life and achievements!
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."
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.
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.
Last updated: April 23, 2021