SCHOOL'S OUT -- Kids "Bored"? What to do?

Head to the MBR National Park for FREE fun for kids

The dreaded time has come for many parents - school vacation!  Looking for something to do with the kids if you haven't signed up for camp or other activates? Did you now that the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park Offers Free Junior Ranger Adventures?  

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So parents and caregivers, here's the scoop - children aged six – 12, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join in the fun and learning at Vermont’s only National Park this summer.

Exploration and learning are all part of the Junior Ranger program

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont is offering a variety of free ranger-led Junior Ranger explorations of nature and history during school vacation. Kids will have a chance to earn a special patch by hunting for bugs in rotten logs, playing detective with animal skulls or learning about being good stewards of the Earth.  Talk about a FUN way for your kids to love science!

Ranger Julia Lynam invites family to come and enjoy the park together this summer.“We’re excited to offer a wide range of Junior Ranger adventures this year, some half an hour long and some an hour long. It’s a great opportunity for kids to connect with nature and history and to do some real exploring.”

Rangers help your kids discover the excitement of science and nature

The Junior Ranger Program runs:

  • Tuesday mornings June 28, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, and August 1, 8, 15 and 22.  The program consists of 30 minute adventures beginning at 11am.
  • Saturday afternoons June 24, July 1, 8, 15 and 22 and August 5, 12 and 19 will see one-hour long adventures beginning at 2 pm.

No reservations needed so you can even do this last minute if you don't know what to do that day!

Please park at the Billings Farm & Museum and meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center in the National Park. Accessible parking is available by request.  

So Tuesdays and Saturdays don't work for your family? NO PROBLEM!

Those who can’t make any of those dates, are invited to visit the Park any day this summer or fall and ask for a Junior Ranger booklet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center. This contains a Junior Ranger adventure trail with activities to complete to earn a patch. The booklet is also available online at

One of the best and most wonderful things about the NPS is that in pretty much every national park, there is a Junior Ranger program. If you travel around the country or are going on vacation somewhere near a national park, your kids can be Junior Rangers just about anywhere. 

So...head to the park, meet a friendly and informative ranger and solve that age-old summer vacation dilemma of "I'M BORED"!


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