Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 25 at Gettysburg & Eisenhower National Parks

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Release: April 14, 2009
Celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 25 at Gettysburg & Eisenhower National Parks

Gettysburg, PA April 14, 2009. For National Junior Ranger Day on April 25, the National Park Service is inviting young visitors to Gettysburg and Eisenhower National Parks for special activities.

Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation will celebrate the newly expanded Junior Ranger program at Gettysburg.

Activities for the day include special presentations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. about the national parks. Kids will play National Park trivia and other games, and can try on a ranger hat, and other activities in the Visitor Center lobby.

Throughout the day, the Gettysburg Foundation will offer a one dollar discount on admission to the film, cyclorama painting and museum exhibits to all kids working on the Junior Ranger activities booklet. Main Street Gettysburg is also offering a one dollar discount on admission to the David Wills House for all kids working on the Junior Ranger activities booklet throughout the day.

A special table will be set up in the park’s Museum and Visitor Center lobby for distribution of Junior Ranger activities booklets and check in. At the end of the day, a special drawing will offer all those who've earned a Junior Ranger patch an opportunity to win a “Behind the Scenes” tour of Gettysburg National Military Park to be conducted at a later date.
The Junior Ranger program at Gettysburg National Military Park is a family activity recommended for children aged 6 to 13. The park provides an activity booklet and participants are invited to spend two to four hours exploring the park’s Museum and Visitor Center, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, the David Wills House, the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station and other sites on the battlefield and in the town of Gettysburg.

After completing the activities, the participants return to the park Museum and Visitor Center to receive a Junior Ranger patch and certificate.

The booklet reads: “Junior Rangers are important young people who help Park Rangers with their jobs. National Park Rangers take care of Gettysburg National Military Park, as well as the people who visit the park. A Junior Ranger has to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War, as well as set a good example for other visitors.”

Gettysburg’s new, expanded Junior Ranger Activity Guide was produced by Gettysburg National Military Park in partnership with the Gettysburg Foundation and through the generous financial support of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Bob and Marion Wilson.

The Junior Secret Service Agent program at Eisenhower National Historic Site.
The National Park Service is also inviting children aged 7 to 12 to the Eisenhower National Historic Site on April 25 to participate in the Junior Secret Service Agent program. The Junior Secret Service Agent program allows the children to learn about President Dwight Eisenhower and how the Secret Service protected him on his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Children participating in the Junior Secret Service Agent program engage in activities such as practicing radio procedure, looking for suspicious objects using binoculars, and becoming familiar with surveillance equipment in the site’s restored Secret Service office. Trainees may also have to approach a “suspicious” staff member and “interrogate” them about their activities. Parents should plan to assist their children as they complete this self-guided activity. Upon completing the program, the children will receive a Junior Secret Service Agent badge and certificate, plus a special certificate and button commemorating National Junior Ranger Day 2009.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily. All visits are via shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Shuttles depart every half-hour from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends and every hour on weekdays. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12, under 6 free. The Junior Secret Service Agent program activities are included in the site admission and available daily. Families should allow at least two hours for their children to complete the program.

For more information call 717/334-1124 or visit at www.nps.gov/gett and www.nps.gov/eise.

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Thank you Katie! The Park Service continues to do a fantastic job in addressing the needs and interests of all of its visitors.

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