NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at FindYourPark.com.

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

 

Experiences 

  • Find Harpers Ferry Photo & History Scavenger Hunt

    Kids with taking photos with their phones

    Do you like taking photos? Do you like learning history? Do you like a challenge? If you answered "yes" to these questions, then this activity was made for you! Read more

  • Hike Harpers Ferry

    View of Harpers Ferry from Split Rock on Loudoun Heights

    Explore the heritage and dramatic landscapes of Harpers Ferry through hiking. From the leisurely Bolivar Heights Trail with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the more strenuous Loudoun Heights with views of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, there is a hike for everyone! Read more

  • Protect Harpers Ferry

    Park Stewards Program participant documenting graffiti on Maryland Heights

    The Maryland Heights Park Watch Program is a National Park Service sponsored program designed to utilize volunteers to reduce vandalism, looting, and destruction of natural and cultural resources, visitor violations, and trail hazards. The volunteers will be the "eyes and ears" for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Law Enforcement and Maintenance staff. Click the "Protect Harpers Ferry" link to learn more about the program and apply to volunteer! Read more



Call to Action Projects 

  • Youth Park Rangers: How a Service Learning Project Led to Jobs at Harpers Ferry

    Three park rangers with the watergap behind them

    Learn about the how a local school service learning project led to summer jobs at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Read more

  • History Meets Technology: Harpers Ferry in the Digital Age

    A snapshot of the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Facebook page

    By 2012, Harpers Ferry's social media team is overseeing an active Facebook page, re-strategizing the park's Twitter feed, is developing a plan for Flickr, and is utilizing YouTube for sharing youth-created interpretive videos. The park's website is also being reorganized and will be launching new content in the upcoming year. Read more

  • 23 Years & 15,000 Students: Teaching the Civil War Freedom Story

    living historian talks about the artillery with students

    Today, in 2012, over 15,000 students, teachers, and chaperones have participated in the School House Ridge Program. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park continues to work with Jefferson Country curriculum coordinators and fifth grade teachers to constantly improve this program so that generations of local students can appreciate and engage with their very own Civil War soldier and freedom stories. Read more

  • The Next Generation: Youth Employees at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    Youth employees and volunteers at Harpers Ferry.

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park recruited and hired 35 youth in the summer of 2012. The Youth Conservation Corps, the Youth Partnership Program, and the Youth Intern Program are ways Harpers Ferry employs youth in the park. Through these programs, youth employees work in living history, education, visitor services, and maintenance. These employees learn from permanent staff about the history of the park and how the park operates. Read more

  • Healthy Hiking in Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry Middle School students hike with a ranger

    Since 2007, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has partnered with the local community, specifically Harpers Ferry Middle School and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, to promote healthy activity in the form of hikes in the national park. In the first year of this program alone, 700 students, teachers, and family members hiked over 3000 miles. Read more

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