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Antietam Junior Ranger Day scheduled for April 28

April 03, 2012

SHARPSBURG — Antietam National Battlefield will hold its Junior Ranger Day Saturday, April 28.

The event is for those ages 12 and younger who will participate in special programs, interact with volunteers portraying Civil War soldiers and have the opportunity to become junior park rangers.
Schedule of events:

• 10 a.m. — Junior park ranger activity; meet in front of the park visitors center. Children (and their parents) will complete the junior park ranger activity books. Park rangers and park volunteers will be available to help. Upon completion, children will receive a junior park ranger badge and certificate with their name on it. Activity books will take about one hour to complete, depending on age.

• 11 a.m. — Civil War soldier program; meets at the New York State Monument near the visitors center. Living historians portraying Civil War soldiers will enlist the children into the army, teach them how a soldier marched and discuss the life of the common soldier.

• 11:30 a.m. — Artillery program; meet at the New York State Monument near the visitors center. Junior rangers will learn about Civil War artillery. They will serve on an artillery crew loading and “firing” the cannon. The program will end with a bang when the living history volunteer group fires the cannon for the children.

There is no cost for these programs, but there is a park entry fee of $6 per vehicle. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 301-432-2243 or send an email to Christie_Stanczak@nps.gov.

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