Partnership with Fort Caroline Elementary School

Mayor with Jr. Rangers

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown along with park rangers of the Timucuan Preserve swear in new Jr. Rangers.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts


A Call to Action
Action Item:
A Class Act
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During 2011 the Timucuan Preserve began a relationship with Fort Caroline Elementary School, by working with all the students in the 4th grade. As a part of the park's planning for the 450th anniversary of the French landing near present day Jacksonville, park staff developed a special 450th anniversary Junior Ranger program. One of our Teacher Ranger Teachers worked with staff to develop the new activity based program. Prior to the event Park rangers gave presentations and worked on the new program with the students at the school, preparing them for a visit to the park. On May 1, 2012 we brought the entire 4th grade class to the park to complete the junior Ranger program and for a special ceremony with Mayor Alvin Brown. The park provided the school with supplies for a 450th anniversary poster contest. Representatives from the park selected winners from each grade and the winning posters were displayed in the Timucuan Preserve Visitor center at Fort Caroline. As a lasting reminder of our partnership with the school, park staff installed a wayside exhibit at the school, which features the connections between the school and the National Park Service. For more information, please contact: Barbara Goodman, Superintendent