Andersonville National Historic Site

Just For Kids

Andersonville National Historic Site has a number of activities for children, including a Junior Ranger Program, programs for school groups and a historical hike through the park for Scouts and other organized youth groups.

Junior Ranger Program

A Junior Ranger program is available for children ages 6 to 12. Ask for a Junior Ranger Activity Book at the information desk of the National Prisoner of War Museum. To receive a Junior Ranger badge, children ages 6 to 8 must complete six of the twelve activities included in the book while children ages 9 to 12 must complete eight of the twelve activities. Some activities can only be completed during a visit to the park.

Andersonville Prison Historical Hike

The Andersonville Prison Historical Hike is a three-mile walking history lesson through Andersonville National Historic Site and the town of Andersonville. This historical hike is designed to acquaint young hikers with the story of Andersonville and American prisoners of war. The hike is not along a physical trail, but allows an exploration of the park through the use of a questionnaire to direct your visit. Those interested in the hike should request a questionnaire at the information desk of the National Prisoner of War Museum. The hike starts with the viewing of exhibits in the National Prisoner of War Museum, continues through the historic prison site into the town of Andersonville and ends in Andersonville National Cemetery. An optional fully embroidered patch is offered for purchase to those who complete the hike, and is available from Boy Scout Troop 27, Americus, GA. The hike is a cooperative effort of the staff of Andersonville National Historic Site and this local Boy Scout Troop.

School Trips and Teacher Resources

Class Trips

Andersonville National Historic Site offers programs for school groups by reservation. In order to meet the curriculum guidelines of most regional school systems (Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama) programs focus on the history of Andersonville prison and are presented at the historic prison site. Reservations for programs must be made at least two weeks in advance of the proposed trip, however if you plan to visit during the spring, the park recommends that you plan well in advance. For more information or to make a reservation for a group visit to the park, please call (229) 924-0343.

Educational Resource Packets

Andersonville National Historic Site staff has also developed an educational resource packet for use in the classroom setting, either as a pre-visit introduction to the site or for students who are unable to make an on-site visit. Educational resource packets are available on loan for a one month time period at no charge. Educators are responsible for postage fees required to return the packet if it is not returned on the day of the group visit. Resource packets contain audio-visual programs, books, lesson plans and other resources about Andersonville and American prisoners of war. For more information regarding educational resource packets, please call (229) 924-0343.