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Fall Homeschool Day 2022

a ranger in 18th century clothing speaks to children and adults seated and standing
Fall Homeschool Day is chock-full of educational programming and activities.

NPS Photo/B. Dhunjisha

Oct. 11 - 10 AM to 3 PM

Come learn with us from 10 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 as we delve into the many subjects that can be explored right here at Valley Forge National Historical Park!

Learn more about the activities!

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What is Homeschool Day?

A free event with no registration required.

With the help of friends and partner organizations, this unique event brings together Revolutionary War, early industrial, and even Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) histories, along with science and art.

Homeschool Day is geared towards homeschool families with kids between the ages of 5 and 15, though it is also open to the general public.

On the day of the event, participants are invited to park near the Visitor Center at Valley Forge then make the 1/4 mile walk up to Muhlenberg's Brigade (Encampment Tour Stop #2) on a paved path. If the weather doesn't cooperate, the event will be held in various locations throughout the visitor center.


***Important Note: If the CDC Community Levels tool reports that Montgomery County, PA has moved to high COVID transmission levels on Thursday Oct. 6th, the event will be cancelled. If this happens, it will be announced on Valley Forge’s website and Facebook page.


Check out the list below for descriptions of all the Fall Homeschool Day programming!

graphic map showing huts and the locations of activities at Muhlenberg's Brigade
All activities are scheduled between 10 AM and 3 PM on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

NPS Graphic/G. Purifoy

Fall Homeschool Day Activities


What's That Job?

Various staff of Valley Forge National Historical Park

Meet with a different ranger each hour to learn more about what it takes to do their job.


Camp Life

Reenactors from Spencer's Additional Continental Regiment

What exactly did the soldiers do at Valley Forge? Members of Spencer's Additional Continental Regiment will show you! Experience the daily life of the enlisted men, their officers, and women attached to the army. You will learn what they wore, what they ate, see them performing drill, guard duty, and learn how they experienced the winter encampment at Valley Forge.


Ned Hector: Soldier and Teamster

Reenactor Noah Lewis

Come listen to short talks on a variety of fascinating topics presented by reenactor Noah Lewis portraying Ned Hector, a teamster and Black soldier in the Revolutionary War local to this area.


Colonial Art

Artist Ed Kane

Ed Kane, a living history colonial artist, will demonstrate the use of quill for writing and drawing. He will also demonstrate painting watercolor scenes using only the three primary colors. During these demonstrations he will discuss the source of his pigments and how paint was/is made using natural ingredients. Learn about inks and how they were also made using natural ingredients. He will also cut an occasional quill and discuss how brushes were made.


Life of a Collier

Chester County Parks and Preservation

Join a “collier” (charcoal maker) to learn about their trade and how they would have lived while working in the forests to make the fuel for iron industry forges and furnaces and the American Revolution.


Join or Die

Independence National Historical Park

Enjoy family-friendly activities and discussion about the origins and meanings of Benjamin Franklin's famous political cartoon.


Wildlife of Pennsylvania Fields and Forests

Montgomery County Conservation District

This session will introduce students to common Pennsylvania wildlife, with particular emphasis on mammals. Students will learn about the types of habitats that wildlife need for food and shelter. Students will have opportunities to view and identify wildlife species from furs, skulls, tracks, and scat replicas, while also learning about activities/impacts that pose threats to such species.


Women in the Revolutionary War

Museum of the American Revolution

Join the Museum of the American Revolution as they explore the roles women played in Washington's Camp.


Iron Master Challenge

Pottsgrove Manor

Do you have the business know-how to make it in the nation’s first industry? Learn about how an iron furnace was operated and some of the obstacles that could arise. Pottsgrove Manor will have copies of primary source documents to explore and interactive game elements to play to have students of all ages test their skills to see if they could make it in the 18th century Iron Industry!


Sheep to Cloth

Peter Wentz Farmstead

Ever wonder how sheep's fur can be transformed into wool yarn? Come learn how sheepskin can be turned into wool cloth and sheep fur can be transformed through picking and carding.


Schuylkill Explorers: Learning about the Schuylkill Watershed

Schuylkill River Greenways

Join Schuylkill River Greenways in learning about the significance of the Schuylkill River’s history and the importance of keeping the river healthy. Participants will identify what watershed they live in and demonstrate how rain water moves across land using a landscape model. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to take home the new Schuylkill River Heritage Area Junior Ranger activity booklet.


CCC Traveling Trunk

First State National Historic Site and First State Heritage Park

Travel back in time and learn about the many hard working Americans that assisted with environmental conservation projects.


Colonial Games

First State National Historic Site and First State Heritage Park

Race your family and friends with hoop-rolling or play solo to see how many times you can get the ball in the cup within 1-minute.


The Way of The Quill

First State National Historic Site and First State Heritage Park

Ditch the modern pen and step back in time to practice your numbers and letters with a quill pen and ink!


Iron: Industry and Revolution

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will introduce families to the iron industry of southeastern Pennsylvania. Families can learn why the industry was so prevalent in this area, where the resources were coming from, and what impact the iron industry had on the Revolutionary War and beyond.


Bird Beak Bonanza

Audobon Society

Investigate the difference in bird beaks and see which beak is best suited to eat which food!


Be an Archeologist

Archeologist, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Archeologists try to figure things out that happened a long time ago. Can you figure out what people did in the past based on the garbage they left behind?


Historic Building Tools and Techniques

Historic Preservationist, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Get hands-on experience working with traditional tools and learn about how buildings were constructed in the 18th century. Hint: Home Depot was not just around the corner.


Reading with a Ranger

Park Ranger, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Join Ranger Dan as he reads a book out loud.


Butterfluff

Ecologist, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Come play a fun interactive game to learn what makes a species invasive and how can it spread so quickly. Weather dependent.


Oh Deer!

Ecologist, Valley Forge National Historical Park

During this interactive game families will quickly learn how habitat can affect animal populations. Weather dependent.


Steuben Says

Park Guide, Valley Forge National Historical Park

Learn and practice the basic drills Von Steuben taught the troops at Valley Forge and test your skills in this follow the leader game of Steuben Says. Weather dependent.


What is a Muster Roll?

Valley Forge Park Alliance

Learn how the Continental Army kept track of all the soldiers at Valley Forge. Search the Muster Roll website to see if your ancestor was at the Encampment!

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Last updated: September 28, 2022