At the Booker T. Washington National Monument there are some unique programs for youth around the Smith Mountain Lake area this summer. The programs being offered are called Junior Ranger Children’s Program and are for ages 6-12yrs. They cover a variety of subjects, all of which are fun and educational. If you need further information you may contact the Monument by phone at 540-721-2094 or visit their website.
If you would like to give your child a perspective that might change their dislike of school history classes, or if you want to open their minds to new ideas and give them a productive summer activity, bring them to the Booker T. Washington National Monument on the mornings listed below.
June 24th: ‘To Be a Slave’ Junior Ranger Program at 10am. Compare your life to the life of a child living in the mid-1850’s.
July 15th: ‘To Be a Ranger’ Junior Ranger Program at 10am. Take a behind the scenes tour of the duties of a park Ranger.
August 5th: ‘To Be an Historian’ Junior Ranger Program at 10am. Learn what skills are necessary to become an historian researching archives and artifacts.
August 19th: ‘To Be a Naturalist’ Junior Ranger Program at 10am. Hike the Jack-O-Lantern Branch trail and study plants and animals like a naturalist.
The park is open seven days a week, year round, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, except for extended summer hours which are in effect from June 17th through August 19th. Between these dates, the visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m and the grounds will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The park is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. Contact us at (540) 721-2094.