Boston National Historical Park

Boston National Historical Park

Just For Kids

Become A Junior Ranger

Planning a trip to Boston National Historical Park? Explore Boston's revolutionary past and discover fascinating facts about the events, people and places in historic Boston with the Junior Ranger Handbook. You can get a copy of the handbook at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center downtown or at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Complete the checklist and present the handbook to a park ranger at the Downtown or Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center and receive a Junior Park Ranger Certificate.

If you can't wait to get your hands on one, you can download a copy at There are two Junior Ranger handbooks available. One is for the downtown portion of the Freedom Trail and the other is for the Charlestown portion. When you complete the activities in either handbook, a park ranger will present to you a Junior Ranger badge. If both handbooks are completed you can receive an additional badge designating you as a Master Junior Ranger.

For Teachers

Boston National Historical Park welcomes teachers, parents, students and all educators to explore the park's wealth of resources. The major stories connected to the park's resources include the stirrings of the American Revolution and the establishment of 174-year operation of one of the first U.S. Navy Shipyards. Park resources and staff provide learning opportunities to explore these topics through this website, on-site education and public programs and professional development opportunities.

The park staff works collaboratively with historic sites and museums on Boston's Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail including the Afro-American Museum, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House and USS Constitution Museum. Together we offer education programs for students and professional development opportunities for teachers. Topics explore many aspects of Boston's history from 1760 up through WWII. Why over 100 African Americans and Native Americans joined the first battle of the American Revolution on June 17, 1775? Search for simple machines in the Charlestown Navy Yard and climb on board the USS Constitution or USS Cassin Young, WWII Destroyer.

What to Know for a Field Trip

We require at least 1 chaperone for every 10 students.

Restroom facilities are located in the Downtown Visitor Center, Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center and each site where the program is offered. Please have your bus drop you off at the Visitor Center and allow time for your group to use the facilities. The park ranger will meet your group here.

Most of the sites where educational programs are offered are accessible. Unfortunately, the USS Cassin Young WWII Destroyer ship is not. Please let us know ahead of your visit if your class has any special needs.

Bus Parking
After dropping off the students continue on Constitution Road to the set of lights.
* Turn right onto Chelsea Street.
* Follow Chelsea Street to the end, which positions you under the Tobin Bridge.
* Travel over a small water channel where you will see signs for Bus Parking on a wooden fence.
*Turn right into Mystic Pier 1 property and proceed to Station 1. Wait for attendant to sign in.

Check in procedure for bus parking
* Follow signs to Autoport lot.
* Pull vehicle up to fuel aisle.
* Driver must fill out an invoice.
* After invoice is completed, driver must follow attendant to designated parking spot.
* After parking vehicle, driver may go to the driver facility in the dormitory or wait in the bus. Walking around the facility is not allowed.

Boston Autoport is a privately owned and operated facility offering bus parking. It is not affiliate with the Boston National Historical Park.

Per motor coach: $20
Per school bus: $10

Boston Autoport will house up to 50 motor coaches and buses per day. Services include:
* 24-hour Security
* Driver's Dormitory (prearranged use)
* Fuel Facility
* Rest Area

Visitor Center Shop
Eastern National Association, a non-profit organization, operates the park's shop and offers a 10% discount to teachers.

Food, Drink, and Photography
Eating and drinking are not allowed during the program. Groups may bring their lunch and eat outdoors where they can find space. In the Charlestown Navy yard there is a grassy area where students can eat. Photography is allowed in all areas of the park.

People & Places Program

Since 1984, Boston People & Places Program has provided education experiences that introduce Boston Public School elementary and middle students to Boston's unique and colorful history. Through pre-visit activities and hands-on programs, students see the past through the eyes of people from all walks of life and visit places in which memorable events occurred.

People & Places programs are free for Boston Public Schools and are designed to complement Massachusetts' curriculum frameworks in social studies, language arts and science.

Each summer, Boston People & Places Program offers a teacher workshop. Teachers may earn professional development points and/or graduate credit for these workshops.

Plan A Field Trip

Boston National Historical Park offers a menu of educational opportunities including self- guided visits, historical tours and talks presented by park rangers or curriculum-based education programs presented by park rangers or in collaboration with a park partner.

To make a reservation for either a park ranger presentation or curriculum-based education program, please contact Sandy Norris, (617) 242-5689. [email protected] If you wish to visit during the spring months, call the previous fall as the spring programs fill up quickly.


I am a person who cannot wait to get a copy of the web ranger hand book however i am not seeing an area to download the handbook.  this is for a boston trip.  can you please lead me to where I might find that option

Sure! You can download two Junior Ranger handbooks for the Boston area at You can also sign up to be a Webranger at

If you have more questions about the parks, ask them on our home page using the "Ask a Question" button!

We hope you have a great trip.