Release Date: April 10, 2017
Contact: Molly Cadwell, (601) 629-8133
Learn all about Vicksburg NMP and celebrate National Park Week with free admission and “Vicksburg NMP 101” events on Saturday, April 22.
Vicksburg, MS: Vicksburg National Military Park will host the “Vicksburg NMP 101” event on Saturday, April 22 in honor of National Park Week, Earth Day, Junior Ranger Day, and Park Prescription Day. A variety of events will take place to help visitors explore the importance of their park.
The Walk With A Doc
program will help visitors explore the health benefits of park use. The various touch tables and patio talks will teach visitors about the historical and natural significance of the park. Additionally, visitors will have the chance to earn a Junior Ranger badge and a special patch by participating in any event or completing a Junior Ranger Activity Book. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in all programs. All programs begin at the U.S.S. Cairo Museum which is accessed from the Fort Hill entrance of the park (head north on Cherry Street). See below for a schedule of events.
The park will be fee free on April 15, 16, 22, 23 in honor of National Park Week.
Schedule of Vicksburg NMP 101 Events
9:00 am: Walk With A Doc and Shape Up Vicksburg!
Walk through the park with real doctors who can answer all your health questions and write you your own park prescription.
10:00 am- 1:00 pm: Natural Resources of Vicksburg NMP 101!
Hear from Natural Resources Program Manager, Sara, about the plants and animals of our park!
10:00 am- 1:00 pm: A Sailor’s Life on a Gunboat Patio Talk!
Hear from Ranger Lela about the lives of the sailors that served on the U.S.S. Cairo.
10:00 am- 1:00 pm: Ropes and Knots of the Civil War Navy!
Learn about the uses of knots and ropes in the Civil War and try tying some for yourself!
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.