What are the National Park Service ranger programs?
The park offers a wide variety of ranger-guided programs annually from April through October, with the core season of programs from mid-June through mid-August. Offered daily during the summer months, programs are hosted by a National Park Service ranger or park intern and focus on a variety of subjects including the three days of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Soldiers' National Cemetery, the Gettysburg Address, soldier life, Civil War medicine, as well as other general topics related to the battle and Civil War. The park also offers extended battlefield walking tours and campfire programs during the summer months. A full description of our programs is posted on our Summer Ranger Programs page with special programs and a schedule linked from our Things to Do page.
What is the Living History program at Gettysburg?
The park hosts volunteer organizations that portray Union and Confederate infantry, artillery and cavalry organizations as well as surgical units, Civil War-period ladies' organizations, and specialized units such as sharpshooter regiments or signal corps personnel with encampments and demonstrations at selected sites in the park. Limited to weekends, the living history programs begin in the spring and last through the early fall. Check our Schedule of Events page for the complete line up of living history weekends at Gettysburg.
During the summer months, the park has a program entitled "A Visit to the Past" with costumed interpreters who portray persons who experienced the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. These programs are scheduled on a daily basis from mid-June through mid-August. Check for a schedule of programs on our Things to Do page.
What is there to do for students groups?
Apart from the museum and film experience at the visitor center, the park offers a variety of programs designed specifically for school groups. For a full description of our offerings, visit our For Teachers pages.
What safety precautions should we consider before visiting Gettysburg National Military Park?
There are hazards associated with every park in the nation and Gettysburg is no exception. Insects and widlife can all pose a health hazard during your visit and we have advice for you on our Things to Know Before You Visit page.
Follow the links at the top of this page for additional information on planning your visit or call (717) 334-1124, extension 8023 for further information on park offerings. Also check this web site for updates and schedules.