National Underground Railroad Network To Freedom

Discovering the Underground Railroad

Junior Ranger – Senior Friendly

Completed: July 12, 2013

During the summer of 2013 I visited several Civil War sites in Tennessee and Mississippi. While at one of the sites a ranger told me about a special Junior Ranger program highlighting the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. As this covers many park sites and a large geographical area you can either pick up a booklet at a participating site or download their Junior Ranger Activity Book at

This booklet can be done anywhere; at home, on the road while traveling or at a park site. All of the information needed to complete the activities is included within the booklet. This is considered Senior Friendly as the upper age group is listed as ages 10 and older. The other two age groups are ages 5 to 6 and ages 7 to 10. The youngest age group has to complete three activities, six activities for the middle group and the oldest group completes ten activities.

The activities are titled; To Be Free, Day-to-Day Life, Travel Routes, Freedom Bag, Safe Refuge, Freedom Line, Road to Freedom, Glossary of Terms, Underground Railroad and Journal Entry.

The background information provided in this booklet is excellent, I learned so much completing this program. Reading about the individuals who traveled from enslavement to freedom, as well as the ‘conductors’ along the railroad was inspiring. Using their stories to reflect on and for me to respond to was appreciated. Having to do more than give back facts was challenging, but educational. All of the activities, even those designed for the younger crowd added to the total experience of Discovering the Underground Railroad.

Certain sites have the enhanced badge for this Junior Ranger program which can be awarded when you turn in the completed booklet. I had my booklet reviewed at Shiloh National Battlefield in Tennessee and received the enhanced badge at that time. Inside the front cover of the booklet instructions are given on how to mail your completed booklet in for review and for it to be returned with the enhanced badge.


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