Young Friends of INHP- Current Projects

The Young Friends of Independence support Independence by raising funds for much need projects in the park.  Currently, the Young Friends are raising money for the working Bark Ranger program at Independence.

Won’t you help them and Donate today


What is a Working Bark Ranger?

A working Bark Ranger is a Law Enforcement dog that is employed in the park to help keep it safe. At Independence National Historical Park, we have Ken Franklin!  Ken is a German Sheppard who has the ability to detect a wide variety of explosives. He came to Independence in 2012.


Why does this program need funds?

The Young Friends are raising funds for this program because working dogs have a short span of time that they can work, especially in law enforcement.  We recognize that Ken has been at our park for a few years and that he will need to retire in the next few years.


It is the goal of the Young friends to raise funds to not only acquire a new dog for the park but to also help with the cost to train, feed and keep the dog healthy. The working Bark Rangers keep our park and visitors safe and as part of the Independence community, this is an opportunity to give back to the park.

We hope you will join us in supporting this wonderful program.