Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Completed: October 22, 2013
Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly
On our drive from New York, then across Vermont it rained, not heavy, just persistent. I knew the Junior Ranger program at this site required a hike, so I was worried I wouldn’t be able to do the program. I am a weather-wimp! I don’t do cold, rain, snow or wind. I am a desert rat!
Luckily the rain let up by the time we got to Woodstock, VT. This is a great program. You hike a 1 mile loop around the grounds and stop at designated locations to complete an activity. It includes; writing, drawing, some math and observations.
Their Junior Ranger Bingo had a new twist, there are four blank circles for you to fill with a drawing. You were to find signs of people’s interaction with the environment. I added a picture of a camera and umbrella.
This site is all about environmental conservation, dating back to the early 1800s. It started with Marsh writing a book titled “Man and Nature”. The Billings bought the farm from Marsh and planted trees to replace those removed for animal pasture. And then a Rockefeller married a granddaughter of the Billings and continued to preserve the land until it was donated to the National Park Service.
The booklet does not refer to ages at all. The badge you receive is the standard Junior Ranger badge, so it is considered a Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly program. It took about an hour to complete the program.