Junior Ranger Day at battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, April 14, 2011

On Saturday, April 23, park rangers and volunteers invite young visitors and their families to Stones River National Battlefield to celebrate Junior Ranger Day.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., all children ages 6 and up will have the chance to participate in special programs and earn Junior Ranger Day patches, pins and certificates. Visitors are invited to share a Junior Ranger Day cake at 1 p.m. This program is free and open to everyone.

Young visitors and their families should start their day at the visitor center.

There they will receive a Junior Ranger activity book and a Junior Ranger Day activity card. You will have to get your card signed at each Junior Ranger Day activity to earn the Junior Ranger day prizes.

While touring the park, kids can also complete activities in the park activity booklet.

Numerous National Park Service sites have Junior Ranger programs.

These self-paced activities teach young visitors about the unique natural and cultural resources of each park, and encourage them to continue exploring and protecting our national parks.

Junior Ranger Day celebrates the importance of fostering a bond between our children and their national parks.

These programs are a part of a series of interpretive programs offered at the battlefield during the year.

Stones River National Battlefield is located on the Old Nashville Highway northwest of Murfreesboro.

Additional information is available at the visitor center, by calling (615) 893-9501 or at the park website (http://www.nps.gov/stri).

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