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Captain John Smith was quite an adventurer when he explored the Chesapeake Bay 400 years ago. Now the trail that is named for him offers lots of adventures for all ages, on water and on land. The more you see and learn about the Chesapeake Bay, the more you will want to explore.

Notice: Due to delays in mail delivery times Junior Ranger badges are taking longer than expected to arrive. We appreciate your patience, and encourage you to continue sending in your completed books!

 
National Park Junior Ranger badge for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Official Captain John Smith Chesapeake Junior Ranger badge.

Become a Junior Ranger

Begin your explorations right from your computer when you earn a Junior Ranger Badge (ages 6-12).

As a Junior Ranger you will learn about:

  • Explorer Captain John Smith and his voyages on the Chesapeake Bay
  • The American Indian peoples who lived along the Chesapeake Bay
  • What the Chesapeake Bay was like 400 years ago and what it is like today
  • What you can do as a Junior Ranger to help the Chesapeake Bay

PLUS you earn a badge to show that you are an official Junior Ranger for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Junior Ranger - Captain John Smith Chespeake National Historic Trail

  • Download the Junior Ranger Activity Book (726 KB)
  • Read the instructions in the introduction
  • Take a "virtual tour" of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail by exploring this website
  • Complete the activity pages for your age group
  • Send the completed pages and your signed Junior Ranger Pledge to:

Email: CAJO_Junior_Ranger@nps.gov
OR
Mail: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Junior Ranger Program
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Junior Ranger - Susquehanna River

  • Pick up a Junior Ranger book at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage or download the book from their website by clicking on the "Making the Trail Real" tab

  • Send the completed pages and your signed Junior Ranger Pledge to:

Email: CAJO_Junior_Ranger@nps.gov
OR
Mail: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Junior Ranger Program
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

 

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