Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory, School Vacation Fun


School Vacation week is a fun time at Springfield Armory National Historic Site! It is one of 417 National Parks across America. Meet live raptors, make a pine cone bird feeder, a postcard, or make a Park Ranger hat. Enjoy a wide range of Junior Ranger activities and earn a badge, patch and certificate. Admission and all activities are free of charge. Please be advised that the Armory is still closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

School vacation week kicks off on Saturday, February 18th with the Birds of Prey presentation. Join rehabilitator and wildlife biologist Tom Ricardi of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility. Many of the raptors at this program make their home in the Pioneer Valley and are seen on the grounds of the Springfield Armory NHS! Get up close to these magnificent raptors and learn about their habitats and the conservation efforts to protect them. The program is free but reservations are required. Please call the Armory at 413-734-8551 to reserve your spot!

Try your hand at the Junior Ranger activities and some of the crafts being offered. Make a pine cone bird feeder with a Park Ranger using a pine cone, sunflower butter, and birdseed. Everyone likes to receive mail!  Make a postcard using rubber stamps depicting animals that make their home on the grounds of the Armory. Junior Rangers of all ages are invited to make their own paper Park Ranger Stetson hat. Decorate it anyway you like using crayons, rubber stamps and craft paper. All activities take place from 10:00am-4:00pm, Wednesday thru Sunday.

The Junior Ranger activity booklet is available year round. See how many Junior Ranger badges you can collect upon completion from different National Park sites. At the Armory, discover the importance of black walnut trees and firearms. Write a note to a soldier, unscramble the name of the countries Armory workers came from, and find out about inventors who worked at the Armory.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the site of our Nation’s first armory, established in 1794. It is the home of the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. The Springfield Armory was a force to be reckoned with during World War II. With a workforce of 13,500 at the peak of the war, men and women produced over 3.5 million M1 semi-automatic rifles for our military.

The site is open Wednesday through Sunday, November 1st until Memorial Day, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM.

There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free. Pedestrians may enter the State Street gate or travel through the gate at the intersection of State and Byers Streets. Both gates are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Parking is free of charge. Tuesdays are designated “education day” and are devoted to education program development and implementation plus teacher professional development. Museum admission and school programs are free of charge.

For information call 413-734-8551, check www.nps.gov/spar or go to our www.facebook.com/sparnhs.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

One Armory Square, Springfield, MA




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