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Contact: Mike Andrus, 804 226-1981 x.30
President Bush has proclaimed April 19 through 27 as National Park Week. This year's theme is "Kids in Parks." Children and families visiting the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works, as well as one thousand students participating from local classrooms, will take part in National Park Week activities at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Participants will use a map of the National Parks or use the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov to select a park, fill in an activity sheet and earn a prize. These activities are meant to encourage children to "Explore-Learn-Protect" national parks.
Have you ever wanted to enlist as a Civil War soldier, help a baby sea turtle reach the sea, solve a mystery or go on a scavenger hunt? Join the park rangers on National Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 26, and take part in web-based fun-filled learning adventures for children and families in the new Classroom @ Tredegar located at Tredegar Iron Works. Become a Junior Ranger and learn about your national parks and the rangers who work there as you earn your special Junior Ranger Day 2008 patch and certificate.
“An increasing number of parents and educators are concerned with the amount of time our children spend indoors,” noted acting Superintendent David Ruth. "We invite families to spend a day in the parks, explore the battlefields, walk the historic trails, tour Mrs. Walker's home and participate in special programs offered at Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site." Have fun and discover more about your National Parks during National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day activities.
For questions about National Park Week or National Junior Ranger Day, please call the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works at 804-771-2145 or the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site at 804-771-2017 x24.