Friday, Aug 5, 2011
National Park Service News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Donna Davis, (864) 461-2828
Great Outdoors Activity Day Held at Cowpens National Battlefield
On July 27, sixty children from Cherokee and Spartanburg counties participated in activities led by the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and National Park Service Teacher-Ranger-Teachers at Cowpens National Battlefield. In support of the President’s Great Outdoors Initiative, the youths presented a program to reconnect children to America’s natural heritage and to educate them about the history of the Revolutionary War battlefield.
The YCC worked closely with the Teacher Rangers to create a day in which children from the area could learn about history while also having fun. Children from the local community enjoyed a day of games, crafts, and nature study while visiting the park.
The YCC dressed in reproduction 18th century-era clothing to show the difference in modern clothing versus that of 200+ years ago. After touring the Scruggs House and hearing stories about frontier life, the children played with “old timey” toys such as a rolling hoop, Jacob’s Ladder, and cup and ball. They made 18th century entertainment devices such as spinners and whirligigs, and made their own drums, sachets, and tricorn hats. The young visitors learned to write with quill pens and learned how early settlers made clothes and household items. In a creative combination of history and nature, the YCC displayed an Eastern Box turtle, who they named Banastre Turtleton after the British commander Banastre Tarleton. Youth Conservation crew members decorated the cardboard box holding Turtleton with American and British toy soldiers as well as information about Tarleton and box turtles.
The collaborative efforts of the Youth Conservation Corps and the Teacher Rangers made the Great Outdoors Activity Day a huge success. Teacher Ranger Joel Jacobs said, “It was wonderful to see high school students sharing their knowledge of history and enthusiasm with these younger children.” The YCC consists of six local high school students who have spent their summer working on battlefield restoration and other park projects that aid in the conservation of our natural resources. The Teacher Rangers are two local middle school teachers who spent the summer working for and learning about the National Park Service. These teachers will take what they learned over the summer back to their schools and share it with their students.
Cowpens National Battlefield is the site of the American victory over the British on January 17, 1781, and is located 10 miles west of Gaffney, SC, and 3 miles east of Chesnee, SC, at the intersection of Highways 11, 110, and 221-A. For more information, call (864) 461-2828, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/cowp/.