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Contact: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, P.O. Box 65, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. Call (304) 535-6283 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/hafe

All reservations must be made a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your visit. Openings are filled very quickly, so make your reservations early. Visit the Harpers Ferry Online Educator's Guide at www.nps.gov/hafe/edu-guide.htm

Harpers Ferry is a participant in the PARTNERS for Education Program.

Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Harpers Ferry at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

Photo by David T. Gilbert

Incident at Harpers Ferry 5th-12th grade, 60 minutes. This program explores the John Brown story: his background, reasons for coming to Harpers Ferry, his capture, trial and execution, and the aftermath of his raid on Harpers Ferry.

Under Fire 5th-12th grade, 60 minutes. This program examinesthe important role of Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. Students learn why Harpers Ferry was important to both the North and the South, the major engagements during the war, the hardships faced by the citizens of Harpers Ferry, and how the devastation suffered during the war changed the town forever.

Harpers Ferry: A Place in History 3rd -12th grade. 60 minutes. This program provides an overview of the history of Harpers Ferry. Topics covered are: Native American use of the area; Robert Harper; building of the U.S. Armory and Arsenal; Transportation; John Brown's Raid; the Civil War and its impact on the community; African American history, including the founding of Storer College and the Niagara Movement; and the preservation of this site as a part of the National Park System.

Marsh Walk 2nd-12th grade. 60 minutes. Maximum number 25. This program explores an often misunderstood natural resource - the wetland. Students walk along a wetland habitat as they learn about the animals that rely on wetlands as their home, the components that make up a wetland, and the importance of wetlands.

Black Voices From Harpers Ferry 5th-12th grade. 60 minutes. This program explores the lives of African Americans throughout the history of Harpers Ferry from slavery to freedom. Included are the founding of Storer College and the Niagara Movement (early Civil Rights).

Virginius Island 5th-12th grade. 90 minutes. This walking tour (3/4 mile) introduces students to Virginius Island, an industrial community of the 19th-century. Students will learn about the importance of water power to these 19th-century industries and also dangers of the river when nature becomes uncontrollable. Students will look for remnants of the past on an island that has been reclaimed by nature.

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