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Handstand FDR National Historic Site and Presidential Library!
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Handstand at Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site!
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Handstand General Lee's Monument at Gettysburg National Historic Military Park.
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Ellis Island National Park Junior Ranger book is available online. For little ones (under 10) the book that they provide on sight is a little more attainable. When you get to Ellis Island the majority of what you need for Junior Ranger can be found on the second floor. Rangers are also extremely helpful guiding children through the process. (NOTE: The Junior Ranger program for Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is combined. You do not need to do both programs to get the badge. If you do chose to do both programs you will not get a second badge!)
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I am a blessed mother of two wonderful daughters. Both unique and special in their own way. My husband and I make it a point of traveling with our children. We want them to appreciate that there is so much more out there in the world then what they see from day to day.

The national parks has become a way for use to do this. We plan trips around National Parks and take in the diversity of each visit.

My youngest daughter is a very busy 8 year old. As a competitive cheerleader she does not have time to play like many other children do. However, she has a desire to visit National Parks and participate in the Junior Ranger Program. My hope is to create a community for parents and children to share their love of the NPS system!

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Thomas Edison National Historic Park - Junior Ranger Program engages the kids in several hands-on activities throughout the different buildings of the park. But sometimes its the obvious that really makes a park special.

As a parent, I tend to prep my kids before we go places. This time I didn't. As we were listening to the ranger explain the different parts to Thomas Edison's lab, I realized that my 8 year old had absolutely no idea why Thomas Edison was important, historical, influential and all-around famous! The conversation went something like this:

Me: Kenz do you know who Thomas Edison is?
Kenz: No mommy.
Me: Do you know what he is famous?
Kenz: No idea.
Me: Kenz you should ask Ranger Tom why he is so important that he has a national park.
Kenz(to the NPS Ranger named Tom): What did Thomas Edison do?
Ranger Tom (to me): She seriously does not know what he invented?
Me: No idea
Ranger Tom: Well Mackenzie, Thomas Edison is most famous for the invention of the light blub!
Kenz: No way, really? Mom seriously?
Me: Yup!

The moment of discovery for my daughter was amazing. But the opportunity for the Ranger to be able to share that information was priceless. I know I will never forget the look on his face when he realized he was about to tell an 8 year old girl who Thomas Edison was. It is something that we all take for granted but something that we must remember is learned. Without our Rangers and Parks, these moments are not as memorable!
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Handstand at Thomas Edison National Historic Park!
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Handstand at The Statue of Liberty!
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