St. Croix Island Historic Site Hosts Festival Activities

By Natalie Scott

 

The St. Croix Island International Historic Site will be putting together a few activities during the International Homecoming Festival this year. 

Between August 9th-12th, In Your Backyard and the Junior Ranger Program will be held at 9 a.m. In Your Backyard will last until 4:30 p.m. and the Junior Ranger Program will go until 4 p.m. In Your Backyard consists of joining a park ranger for an overview of the history of Saint Croix Island and why it’s protected by the National Park Service. Park Rangers ask you to arrive at the Saint Croix Island International Historic Site and inquire at the visitor center. This activity will last for about fifteen minutes. 

The Junior Ranger Program lets children become a ranger. Children and parents are asked to stop in the visitor center and grab a free booklet. The booklet will give a list of activities to complete on site. Once you are finished with your booklet, you’ll answer the questions in it and then a real ranger will check to see if they are correct. Once you know you’ve completed the booklet, each child will be sworn in by a ranger and will be presented a patch and certificate. This activity will last for an hour or so.

A morning salute will also be held on Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. Visitors will be able to join Park Ranger, Meg Scheid, for a salute to the Passamaquoddy paddlers. This will take place just before the canoe paddlers begin their voyage past Saint Croix Island from Indian Township to Sipayik. A lesson will be held, after the salute, about the Medal of Honor the Passamaquoddy received from France in 2004, and what role they played in March of 1604. This event will last for about an hour as well.