Thing to Do

Do the Junior Ranger Program

children taking a pledge in the foreground with a Park Ranger standing in the background.

Are you interested in Ulysses S. Grant and the American Civil War? Do you find presidential history fascinating? Do you want to learn more about women's history, slavery, and life on a 19th century farm? The Junior Ranger Program helps students of all ages learn more about Ulysses S. Grant's life and times. While the program is geared for students between the ages of 5 and 14, anyone can work on the activity books, become a Junior Ranger (or perhaps a Senior Ranger!) and earn a badge.

You can get a free, age-appropriate Junior Ranger Activity book from the front desk inside the park's Visitor Center. Three different books are offered (ages 5-7, ages 8-10, and ages 11+), and a park bingo sheet is offered for children under the age of five. Follow the activity instructions in the activity book while visiting the park. When the activity book is complete, return to the Visitor Center to receive your official Junior Ranger badge for Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site. 

If want to learn from home and earn a "virtual" Junior Ranger badge, go to the "Be a Junior Ranger" page of this website.
Prospective Junior Rangers and their families should budget 60-90 minutes to watch the film, tour White Haven, walk through the museum, and completed the required number of activities in the Junior Ranger book. 
Junior Ranger Program
5 and Older
Service animals are permitted anywhere in the park, including the historic house. All other pets are not allowed in any building on the property. A service animal is defined as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability”. Dogs are the only animals that can be used as a service animal except for miniature horses.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Start at Visitor Center
Year Round
Time of Day
Accessibility Information
Contact the park at 314-842-1867 or ask to speak with a Ranger while visiting to address any accessibility-related needs while working on the Junior Ranger Program. We are happy to help. 

Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site

Last updated: April 23, 2020