Requirements for Junior Ranger ages seven & under:
* Watch the film “Remembering Manzanar”
* Complete all activities marked with an apple
The activities are as follows:
- Destination Unknown – Where the child must choose 10 items they would need for an unknown place. You can’t bring pets and you only have 2 suitcases for all your items.
- Connect the Dots – A picture of what you see when you first enter Manzanar.
- Toy Loan Library – Locate the toy loan center and draw a toy or game you would have played with in Manzanar.
- Apple Orchard Maze – maze puzzle
- Manzanar Tic-Tac-Toe – Explore Manzanar and cross out items as you locate them.
- Reflect -Draw a picture or write about something interesting you saw or did at Manzanar.
Our family visited Manzanar on August 6, 2008. The program was fairly easy for my 5 year old daughter. She asked a lot of questions. The video â€œRemembering Manzanarâ€ helped answer some of those questions, but some of it was still difficult for her little mind to comprehend. As an adult I learned something very important about our history that I did not remember learning in school.
Manzanar is fairly new to the National Park system and is undergoing a lot of changes. When Manzanar was closed after World War II, all the building were removed. While we were there, there was ongoing archaeological digs. The National Park Service is also rebuilding a section of Manzanar to replicate the buildings that once stood at the site.
On a side note, we traveled to Las Vegas after our visit to Manzanar. While there, I was discussing our visit with a friend. He informed me that his wife’s father was the last person born at Manzanar. What a small world.