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    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

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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.
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Home School Days
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Must register by May 7
*Please note that all program times are filled as of Tuesday April 2nd, 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.

Registration is required for this program to determine staff requirements and applications must be submitted at least 1 week in advance of the program. Registration for each program (fall and spring) 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.

Students begin their day in the Valley Forge Education Center where they will check-in and pick up their registration packet. Arrive fifteen minutes early and craft your own tricorn hat with matching cockade for the march to the Muhlenberg Brigade huts, which will be led by an interpreter in 18th century military dress.

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 Education Center 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 1 week prior to the Home School Day date (see above). 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 2013/2014 Home School Day Application (right-click, save as)

Note: Applications are best viewed and downloaded when using Internet Explorer. You will also need a version of Adobe Reader 8 or newer. You can upgrade to the latest version of Adobe Reader for free from http://get.adobe.com/reader/ For further support, go to http://helpx.adobe.com/reader.html

Directions for filling out your application electronically:

  • Save the PDF form to your computer (right-click, save as)
  • Fill it out electronically and save your work
  • Attach the completed form to an e-mail or
  • Print and fax the completed form

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?

The Schuylkill River on the summer sun.

Valley Forge NHP is part of the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, which stretches 128 miles from Philadelphia to Pottsville. The region is nationally significant for the roles that its people, places, and events played in the American, industrial, and environmental revolutions.