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Junior Ranger Program to be introduced at Camp Nelson National Monument

From staff reports

Camp Nelson National Monument recently celebrated its first year in the National Park System with a day of celebration activities.
Last Saturday, Nov. 30, a new feature was celebrated when the site presented the first Junior Ranger Book and Badge to Aida Frey, the most decorated Junior Ranger in the National Junior Ranger Program during her visit to the site.
The Junior Ranger Program is a nationally recognized program provided by sites in the National Park System that are all unique to the individual site. Each program is different and children can use the Junior Ranger Book to learn valuable park information, and participate in educational activities to show their understanding of the site.
After completion of the activities, participants receive their Junior Ranger Badge for the site.
Camp Nelson National Monument is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors will enjoy the Interpretative Center which also has a 17-minute video describing the importance of this site for the freedom of thousands of African-American men who joined the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their families. Camp Nelson was the largest Enlistment Center for the USCT soldiers in Kentucky and the third largest in the nation. The Interpretative Center also features a museum that shows examples of the lifestyle of the period through displays and interpretative signs.
For more information on Camp Nelson National Monument visit http://www.nps.gov/cane or call 859-881-5716