• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Field Trips

Continental Soldier speaks to a group of students
Learn about life as a Continental Soldier during a field trip to Valley Forge
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Whether you plan your own trip entirely, or request a ranger-led program, there are many great ways to explore, learn, and enjoy Valley Forge National Historical Park. Please be aware that ranger-led programs are taken on a first come first served basis and will be considered based on dates requested and ranger availability. You may also consider requesting a Ranger in the Classroom program if your school is within thirty miles of the park. Home school students may also take advantage of our semi-annual Home School Days, where students rotate through multiple stations for a unique hands-on learning experience. All education programs are offered free of charge.

Plan A Field Trip

2013/2014 Field Trip Season

October - December: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
January - February: Wednesday only
March - May: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

Soldier Life
Grades 3-8
1 hour 30 minutes Class Size: 50 maximum/15 minimum*
Students will learn about the life of the soldier at Valley Forge. Conducted by park rangers dressed in period clothing, this program emphasizes how the men and women of the continental army persevered through the hardships of the winter encampment and how the soldiers trained to become an effective force that eventually won the fight for independence. The program includes a march with a park ranger to the Muhlenberg Brigade for a living history demonstration.

Soldier Life with additional Washington's Leadership Learning Experience
Grades 3-8
2 hours (plus approx. 15 min driving time) Class Size: 50 maximum/15 minimum*

Extend your learning and take full advantage of your field trip to the park by adding a thirty-minute guided tour of the Washington's Headquarters complex to learn about the General's unique leadership qualities that kept the American Revolution alive. A park ranger will meet your group at the Valley Forge Train Station for a guided tour of Washington's lifeguard huts, the Houdon statue of Washington, and the historic house that served as Washington's command center and George and Martha's residence during the winter encampment.

As an extension of "Soldier Life" your students may participate in "Washington's Leadership" program at either 11:45 a.m. or 12:30 p.m., which allows you to choose from several other options to best complement your day. You may proceed directly to the Train Station for your tour or you may break first for lunch at one of the park's picnic areas, explore the Visitor Center or Train Station exhibits, or visit another park site such as the National Memorial Arch.

*Exceptions to the class size requirements may be granted to special needs classes

If your group is planning to visit Valley Forge over the lunch hour we suggest packing a picnic lunch, as there are no full-service concessions on the premises or indoor dining facilities. The Wayne's Woods and Varnum's Picnic Areas are best suited to accommodate school groups, as they are both situated along the main tour route of the park.

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Requesting Your Education Program
Programs are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your requested program date. Applications will be considered based on dates requested and ranger availability. Decisions will be made within one week after the submission of the application. You will receive a completed form with the reserved date and time as your confirmation.

PROGRAM RESERVATION FORMS FOR THE 2014/2015 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER LABOR DAY

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You may also download the form, print it, hand write the required information, scan and e-mail, or fax to us.

Please send your completed form to:
E-mail: vafo_education@nps.gov
Fax: 610-783-1038

If you have any questions, please call 610-783-1066.

Did You Know?

soldiers marching

Precision marching was the key to victory on the 18th century battlefield. Inspector General Baron von Steuben made marching the central element of his training program at Valley Forge. By May the army was able to stay in formation while advancing and retreating over all types of ground.