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.
Become a Junior Ranger for the Chesapeake Bay
Begin your explorations right from your computer while you earn a Junior Ranger Badge-for ages 6 through 12.
As a Junior Ranger you will learn about
- explorer Captain John Smith and his voyages on the Chesapeake Bay
- the American Indians 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 special badge to show that you are an official Junior Ranger for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
It's easy and it's fun. Here's how:
- 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. You'll find all the information you need on this website to become a Junior Ranger for the trail.
- Complete the activity pages for your age group
- Send the completed pages and your signed Junior Ranger Pledge to:
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Junior Ranger Program
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690
A park ranger will review your work. If you've done a good job in learning about the trail, the ranger will mail you a badge and certify you as an official Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Junior Ranger.