• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Home School Days

Home School Students learn to march and drill like a Continental Soldier
"Ten-hut!" Students are mustered into the Continental Army and learn how to drill and maneuver like a soldier.
Home School Days
Wednesdays, October 8 and 29, 2014
Home School students are invited to visit Valley Forge for a unique educational experience. Multiple interactive learning stations encourage students to explore topics such as 18th century life, the American Revolution, and natural resources. Our park rangers and dedicated volunteers bring education to life through special programs and hands-on activities designed for school-aged children. The October 29th event will be a repeat of October 8th.

Registration is required for this program to determine staff requirements and applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the program. Registration for each program will be capped at 350 students and booked on a first come first serve basis.

Registered students will be assigned a program time (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 1 p.m.) and a brigade color (red, white, or blue) for their march with a soldier. Families who wish to be placed in the same brigade should register together on the same application.

Please arrive at the Meeting Room, formerly the Education Center, fifteen minutes prior to your program time to check-in and pick up your registration packet. A park ranger in continental uniform will meet each group outside of the Meeting Room and march together to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts.

Students can expect the full program to last an hour and a half. Additional educational opportunities, such as a visit to Washington's Headquarters, may add 30-60 minutes to your day, please plan accordingly. We recommend that you dress appropriately for outdoor weather and wear sturdy shoes. In case of rain, programs will take place in the Meeting Room and Park Theater.

This program is designed for Home School Students only. To prevent overcrowding on the day of the event, we ask that charter, virtual, and/or traditional schools register for our other ranger-led education programs during the academic year, October-May, rather than register for Home School Day.

Soft pretzels, hot dogs, and assorted beverages will be available for purchase in The Encampment Store, located inside the Visitor Center. You may also choose to pack 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 2 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.

Download the Home School Day Reservation Request Form.

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

Questions about filling out or submitting the form or additional logistical/programmatic questions please call 610-783-1066. Please leave a detailed message with your question(s) and your contact information and we will promptly respond.

Did You Know?

visitor using cell phone

Valley Forge is full of great stories. Now, simply hear them come to life 24/7 from the convenience of your own cell phone. It's easy! Call 484.396.1018, choose a prompt directory (1-10), and enjoy a short audio segment.