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Be a Ranger for a Day

Ever wanted to become a ranger in one of our National Parks? You’ll have the opportunity to see what it’s like on Monday, April 23, with a day behind the scenes at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, in Flat Rock, NC.

Park Superintendent Connie Backlund welcomes interested members of the community to this day-long session in the park accompanying rangers in activities such as caring for a museum collection, exploring Mrs. Sandburg’s goat herd, preserving historic buildings and landscapes, eradicating non-native plants and saving hemlock trees. “This is the perfect opportunity for you to go behind the scenes and explore the resources of your National Park and the stewardship methods the National Park Service uses to ensure their preservation for future generations,” stated Backlund.

The opportunity to be a park ranger for the day includes hands-on demonstrations and programs designed to explore how national parks are managed, cared for and preserved, while remaining vibrant, interactive places for visitors to enjoy. This program shares the unique history and future of a national park in your own backyard. The day-long session will be offered on Monday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., during the observance of National Park Week throughout the country. Participants must be able to commit to attending the entire session. To make a reservation call 828-693-4178 as spaces are limited.

This program is supported by the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park System, is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas Day. For further information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit the park’s website at: www.nps.gov/carl.

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