Natchez National Historical Park is celebrating Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18th.
Launched in 2011, Kids to Parks Day is an annual, nation-wide event that encourages outdoor
play and adventure. Kick off the summer and join hundreds of thousands of children nationwide
by taking part in a movement to discover America’s parks through play.
To celebrate Kids to Parks Day, Natchez National Historical Park is offering the NPS Junior
Ranger Program, an activity based program conducted in almost all National Parks. “Explore,
Learn and Protect!” is the Junior Ranger motto recited by children around the country, an oath of
their own to protect parks, continue to learn about parks, and share their own ranger story with
friends and family. Junior Ranger activity books can be picked up between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m.at the Melrose visitor center located at 1 Melrose Avenue, Natchez or the William Johnson
House located at 210 State Street in Natchez. Make sure to ask about getting your Junior Ranger
stamp when you visit! All programs are free are open to the public.
"Open Your Eyes to Nature" is a 20-30 minute ranger-led walk to the garden in which kids will
use their senses to learn about the environment. Tours are free of charge and will take place
starting in the visitor center at Melrose at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Also available at Melrose are the America the Beautiful 4th Grade Park Passes. These passes
admit all children under 16 and up to three adults for free at National Park sites that charge
entrance fees. Passes are available for U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled learners 10
years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper voucher. Learn more about the 4th grade
be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at the Melrose visitor center. Natchez National
Historical Park does not charge an entrance fee for any of its sites, only a special fee for the
Melrose mansion house tour.
For more details on these and other activities and events at Natchez National Historical Park,
including Melrose and the William Johnson House, please call 601-446-5790 or visit our website