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4068 Golden Hill Road
Church Creek, MD 21622
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day)
ALERT: Following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park will be closed until further notice.
The 17-acre Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invites visitors to experience Tubman’s world through exhibits that are informative and emotive, providing an in depth understanding of Tubman’s early years spent in Maryland's Choptank River region and her legacy as a leader, liberator and humanitarian in the resistance movement of the Underground Railroad. The park, which sits on the trailhead for the 125‐mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway an All American Road also provides an orientation to Tubman and Underground Railroad heritage sites and programs within the county and region. The Visitor Center features a museum store, information desk, research library and an exhibit space. The park and the adjacent Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Centers are physically and intellectually linked to one another through programming, multi-use trails and roads.
Understanding and appreciating our history is important for reflecting upon ourselves in the present day. We aim to teach Junior Rangers about Harriet Tubman's life and legacy, and the importance of the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park offers two different Junior Ranger activities: one that focuses on Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy and the second on the art and music found in the Visitor Center.
The Original Junior Ranger Activity: Start your experience by requesting a self-guided activity book at the Visitor Services desk. Use the exhibits and your personal experiences to complete the booklet and build a personal connection to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The information in the back is neither sanitized nor watered down for our audience. The Original Junior Rangers is intended to help our younger guests learn the information in the exhibit hall. Though its intended audience is primarily that of children, teenagers and adults have completed our award-winning booklet with zeal and passion. The activity book takes you throughout the exhibit space and has you answer questions using the knowledge you gain on your journey. Once completed, the new Junior Ranger will get sworn in and receive a patch marking their completion.
Sights and Sounds of Freedom Junior Ranger Activity: Start your experience by requesting a self-guided activity book at the Visitor Services desk. With this activity booklet, the focus is shifting to the sights and sounds that influenced the creation of the park and the Visitor Center. Art and music tell much of Harriet’s legacy in a way that simple words have trouble encapsulating. The Sights and Sounds of Freedom Junior Ranger Activity has guests focus on the many artistic aspects of the Visitor Center and encourages them to open themselves up and feel the energy of the park. Because of the abstract nature of art and music, this activity booklet is intended for a more mature audience. The booklet will guide guests throughout the exhibit hall, and will challenge them to interpret the exhibit in their own way. Once completed the new Junior Ranger will get sworn in and receive a patch marking their completion.
The visitor center's exhibit hall is a self-guided experience, however, rangers are available for a ranger-led introduction to the park and groups, as well as a Junior Ranger overview and explanation. With advance notice, groups may request ranger-led tours or interpretive programs. Offer valid only when services are available.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)