Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

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Be A Junior Ranger

Visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and become a Junior Ranger!

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site has an official Junior Ranger Program thanks to the generous support of the National Park Foundation, its corporate sponsor Unilever, the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara and the Community Foundation of Henderson County North Carolina.

Visit the park and pick up your own Junior Ranger booklet for free; complete the activities appropriate for your age using the information found in the booklet and at the park. Once completed, bring it to a ranger to be checked and WHAMO you have earned yourself a badge and the honor of being a Junior Ranger who vows to learn about and protect National Parks throughout our country.

If you cannot visit Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, do not dispair! Simply download an English (850kb) Junior Ranger booklet or a Spanish language booklet; use the educational website for kids, Imagine It! to complete the activities, then mail the booklet to the park for a ranger to check. We will mail the booklet back to you with your badge.

The National Park Service has another way for you to become a Junior Ranger and to learn about the jobs of park rangers. Visit this site www.nps.gov/webrangers and learn about this facinating line of work. Complete all the activities and you can become a Web-Ranger!

Junior Ranger Program

Connecting Our Children toAmerica

(Flat Rock, NC)-Have you ever listened to Carl Sandburg sing a folksong or have you ever been asked to create a five line poem about something in nature that you love? Do you know why Mr. Sandburg called television a "thief of time" or know what "Goober Peas" are?

These are some of the discoveries young visitors will be challenged with when they participate in the park's new Junior Ranger program that will be available October 27th. Participants completing all of the activities within their abilities and who take the Junior Ranger pledge will be given a Junior Ranger badge and a certificate of completion. Participants completing every activity in the program and who take the Junior Ranger pledge will be given a Junior Ranger patch in addition to the badge and certificate.

Junior Ranger programs at national parks across the country are sought after by many families as a worthy educational experience while visiting parks. Through self-discovery and guided learning the program creates opportunities to interact with the natural and cultural resources within parks. It teachesAmerica's youth about the concepts of stewardship and citizenship on a local and national level. Junior Ranger programs are generally very interactive and may include guidance from family members, peers, teachers, or park rangers to complete. Nearly 500,000 children engage in Junior Ranger programs at national parks each year.

"Carl Sandburg Home's Junior Ranger program is an important way to actively engage young people and their families in the significant cultural resources uniquely found at the site," said Carl Sandburg Home Superintendent, Connie Hudson Backlund.

The Junior Ranger program at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will provide an enhanced and more meaningful park visit for youth. It will actively engage children and their parents in an opportunity to learn together.

The grant program that enables the Junior Ranger Program at Carl Sandburg Home to become a reality is called the Junior Ranger Challenge Grant. It was awarded in August 2005 by the National Park Foundation and Unilever, the Proud Partner of America's National Parks, to Carl Sandburg Home NHS and The Friends of Carl Sandburg atConnemara. The Friends were challenged by the National Park Foundation to gain local support for the program. The Community Foundation of Henderson County gave that support through a $5,000.00 award. The National Park Foundation and Unilever then matched that $5000.00 for a total of $10,000.00.

"This generous support from The Community Foundation of Henderson County willenable young people to learn about American history at a place significant to the community and the nation through a nationally recognized program," expressed Backlund.

The National Park Foundation awarded 28 Junior Ranger Challenge Grants to National Parks across the country with the generous support of Unilever, the longest-standing corporate partner of the Foundation.

"As the national charitable partner ofAmerica's National Parks, the National Park Foundation is proud to lead fundraising efforts for innovative educational programs," saidVin Cipolla, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "We are committed to engagingAmerica's youth more than ever before and instilling in them a life-long commitment toAmerica's National Parks."

2008 Carl Sandburg Home Student Poetry Contest

Grades 3-5

Third Place
Haley
Untitled
5th Grade
Dana, NC

Second Place
Ashley
A Beauty Worth Keeping
5th Grade
Dana, NC

First Place
Amelia
House of the rising sun
4th Grade
Hot Springs, NC

People’s Choice
Johnny
Conservation
5th Grade
Dana, NC

Grades 6-8

Third Place
Lance
National Parks
7th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

Second Place
Abbie
Sunrise America
6th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

First Place
Rhiannon Kirshner
String of Hope
8th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

People’s Choice
Abbie Biberdorf
Sunrise America
6th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

Grades 9-12

Third Place
Jennifer Jordan
National Parks
9th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

Second Place
Ashley
The Smell of Rain
12th Grade
East Flat Rock, NC

First Place
Katie
Life of the Trail
9th Grade
Hendersonville, NC

People’s Choice
Ashley
The Smell of Rain
12th Grade
East Flat Rock, NC

 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site as a unit of the National Park Service. In celebration of this event, we asked students to write about national parks for the park's annual student poetry contest (at this time this contest is a regional contest spanning over a dozen counties in North and South Carolina).

The winners for first, second, and third place were chosen by judges from the North Carolina Poetry Society. The People's Choice winners were chosen by visitors to the park who took the time to vote for their favorite poems.

Enjoy the insights these young people share about our national parks.

For Kids

Imagine It! an education website for kids of all ages is a place to discover the life and works of Carl Sandburg.

Take a peek and investigate the answer to Carl Sandburg's question, Where to, What Next?

You may find yourself looking for The Right Word to complete a Sandburg poem, or you may discover how to breed a champion goat in Getting Your Goat. Perhaps you will discover the human traits in the city of Chicago in the activity, Uncover Chicago or you will solve the website's riddle and be able to take a virtual tour of Carl Sandburg's Flat Rock, North Carolina home and of Mrs. Sandburg's dairy goat farm. If so, you may even be able to listen to Carl Sandburg tell a story from his famous Rootabaga Stories or hear one of the songs he collected for his American Songbag collection of American folk songs.

For Teachers

Bring your class to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site for a fun learning adventure. Park Rangers and/or Park Volunteers are happy to work with your class in educating them about the many aspects of Carl Sandburg and his life with his family at Connemara.

Attention Middle Schools! We offer a curriculum-based education program on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings during Fall and Spring months called Something About Sandburg. It is an interactive program that is sure to be engaging for your students.