• Sun beginning to set at Harpers Ferry, as seen from Maryland Heights. Photo by NPS Volunteer Buddy Secor.

    Harpers Ferry

    National Historical Park WV,VA,MD

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Community Service Projects

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Alternative Spring Break Students from Boston University mulch trails on School House Ridge South, March 2013.

NPS Photo/Zurbuch


Service groups include; youth groups, Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, colleges, universities, professional, business and special interest groups. Some of the potential projects include mulching trails, painting, restoring historic battlefields, picking up litter and weeding gardens.

Alternative Spring Break Trips

Each year the park receives requests from various colleges to see if some of their students might be able to spend their spring breaks at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park! These alternative spring break programs are gaining momentum across the country. Harpers Ferry NHP has hosted students from Boston University, Canisius College, and Northeastern University. If interested in participating, please contact Samantha Zurbuch, park Volunteer Program Coordinator (contact info below).

Forms & Applications

We have service projects for almost every age group and skill level. All we ask, please contact us at least one month in advance so we can plan ahead for your visit!
  • Service Project Request Form (PDF)
  • Volunteer Application (Fillable PDF)
  • Volunteer Agreement Form (Fillable PDF)
  • Please Note: The Parental Approval section of the Volunteer Agreement form must be completed & signed for every person under age 18 before any project begins.
  • Email, mail, fax, or call: Volunteer Coordinator, Harpers Ferry NHP, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425. Fax: 304-535-6244 or phone: 304-535-5017.

Did You Know?

Robert Harper was granted an exclusive ferry concession in 1861.

Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.