Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

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Get a behind-the-scenes look into what it's like to be a Ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Ranger Zach Siggins describes what a typical day is like on "A Day in the Life of a Ranger."

 

Spring Ranger Programs

April 1 - June 7, 2019

Free ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk or visit our Calendar for weekly schedule programs and times. Please note that all programs are weather permitting and subject to change.
 
 

Cemetery Ridge Hike: Crisis at the Union Center (90 min)
Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge, where fighting raged on July 3, 1863. Visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle, and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there.
Meet at Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
  • 10:30 am ~ Daily May 17 - June 7
  • 1:30 pm ~ May 19, 22, 25

Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (35 min)
Visit the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and explore the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where over 3,500 soldiers killed in the battle were laid to rest.
Meet at National Cemetery, Taneytown Road Gate
  • 11 am ~ May 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23 ~ Daily May 25 - June 7
  • 2 pm ~ May 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 ~ Daily May 25 - June 7

Hold to the Last! The Battle for Little Round Top (60 min)
For over an hour on July 2, 1863, Union and Confederate troops battled for possession of this small hill. Explore the rocky summit, see original Union breastworks, and discover why Little Round Top was so important to both armies.
Meet at Warren Statue, Little Round Top - Auto Tour Stop 8
  • 11 am ~ May 18, 20, 23, 24 ~ Daily May 25 - June 7
  • 2 pm ~ May 17
  • 3 pm ~ May 20

The Forgotten Battle: The Fight for Culp’s Hill (60 min)
Walk the wooded slopes of Culp’s Hill where the most sustained fighting of the battle took place.
Meet at Culp’s Hill Tower, Slocum Avenue
  • 3 pm ~ May 21

Then and Now: The Photographs of Devil’s Den (60 min)
We’ll use our Then and Now webpage to help tell the story of the aftermath of the battle around Devil’s Den and stand where the photographers stood when they captured their iconic pictures.
Be sure to bring your smart phone or tablet for this interactive program.
Meet at Devil’s Den Parking Lot
  • 2 pm ~ May 23, 30 ~ June 6

Stay and Fight it Out! The Third Day and Beyond (60 min)
Visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, the climactic moment of the Battle of Gettysburg, and discover what the outcome of the battle meant for the Union and Confederacy.
Meet at National Cemetery Parking Lot
  • 3 pm ~ May 17
  • 4 pm ~ May 18, 22

Cannoneers to Your Post! Join the Artillery (40 min)
On July 3, 1863, over 200 Union and Confederate cannon opened fire in one of the largest artillery duels of the war. Become part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Meet at Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
  • 1 pm ~ May 17, 18, 20, 23 ~ Daily May 25 - June 7

Care of the Wounded (60 min)
Civil War medicine was more than just bone saws and amputations. Learn how the wounded were evacuated and treated, and discover the amazing story of the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive.
Meet at Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
  • 3 pm ~ May 18, 23 ~ Daily May 25 - June 7

Hardtack, Mud, and Marching: The Life of the Civil War Soldier (60 min)
Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Who were they, where did they come from, and what was their experience during four years of war?
Meet at Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
  • 2 pm ~ May 23, 25
 

Summer Ranger Programs

June 8 - August 11, 2019

Free ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore key moments and locations on the Gettysburg battlefield. Also visit our Calendar for the entire schedule of programs and times. Please note that all programs are weather permitting and subject to change.
 
Hands on History Cart - Play a 19th century parlor game, learn what soldiers did in their spare time, and dress up like kids who lived in the 1860s! All this and more at our Hands-On History Cart!
Time: varies
Location: Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield, and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
TIme: 10 am
Location: McPherson Ridge - Auto Tour Stop 1
Schedule: Daily

Battle Walk (2 hours) - Want to experience the battlefield from the same vantage point as the men who fought there? Walk the fields and woods that were fought over a century and a half ago and get a closer look at the famous
and not so famous places and people that shaped the battle.
Time: 10 am or 2:30 pm
Location: Varies. More details will be listed soon.
Schedule: Friday @ 2:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 10 am

Gettysburg History Hike: Three Days in 90 Minutes (90 min) - Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge where fighting raged on July 2 & 3, 1863. Get an overview of the battle, visit the site of Pickett’s Charge, explore the Bloody Angle, and walk in the footsteps of the men who struggled there.
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Four Score and Seven Years Ago: Lincoln and the Soldiers’ National Cemetery (35 min) - Visit the site of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and explore the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where over 3,500 soldiers killed in the battle were laid to rest.
Time: 11 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm
Location: National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate Auto Tour Stop 16
Schedule: Daily

Join the Army: A Family Program (60 min) - Attention! Recruits are needed to enlist in the Union army! Join now and learn what it meant to be a soldier during the Civil War. This program is for children ages 5-13 only, and held outside of the Museum and Visitor Center. Sign up at the Visitor Center information desk.
Time: 11 am
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Hold to the Last! The Battle for Little Round Top (60 min) - For over an hour on July 2, 1863, Union and Confederate troops battled for possession of this small hill. Explore the rocky summit, see original Union breastworks, and discover why Little Round Top was so important to both armies.
Time: 12 pm
Location: Warren Statue Little Round Top - Auto Tour Stop 8
Schedule: Daily

African American History Hike: On Freedom’s Tenuous Edge (60 min) - From their involvement with the Underground Railroad, to their experiences during the fighting and its aftermath, explore the impact of the battle upon Gettysburg’s African American community, and discover the fascinating lives of those who called this place home.
Time: 1 pm
Location: National Cemetery Parking Lot - Taneytown Rd.
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday

Mystery History Guest - Meet a ranger in historical costume portraying someone from 1863 Gettysburg! Hear their story, learn a new skill, or see their equipment. Afterwards, take up the challenge to follow in their footsteps in a self-guided battlefield adventure. Perfect for families with children ages 5-12.
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield, and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: The Wheatfield - Auto Tour Stop 9
Schedule: Daily

Cannoneers to Your Post! Join the Artillery (40 min) - On July 3, 1863, over 200 Union and Confederate cannon opened fire in one of the largest artillery duels of the war. Become part of a gun crew as you discover the role artillery played during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Time: 2 pm
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Care of the Wounded (60 min) - Civil War medicine was more than just bone saws and amputations. Learn how the wounded were evacuated and treated, and discover the amazing story of the doctors and nurses who struggled to keep them alive.
Time: 3 pm
Location: Ranger Site 2 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

The Face of Battle: The Soldier Experience (60 min) - Over 160,000 soldiers participated in the Battle of Gettysburg. Discover the story of just one, follow in his footsteps across the battlefield, and learn why he fought and what he encountered at Gettysburg.
Time: 3 pm
Location: Spanglers Spring - Auto Tour Stop 13
Schedule: Daily

Battlefield in a Box (30 min) - Become part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Join a park ranger and build a map of the battlefield using simple props. Perfect for the first time visitor wanting a better understanding of the battle.
Time: 4 pm
Location: Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
Schedule: Daily

Then and Now, The Photographs of Devils Den (60 min) - We will use our Then and Now web page to tell the story of the aftermath of the battle around Devils Den. Stand where the photographers stood when they captured their iconic pictures. Be sure to bring your smart phone or tablet for this interactive program.
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Devil’s Den Parking Lot - Crawford Ave.
Schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Hike with Ike (60 min) - Explores Gettysburg through the Eisenhowers’ eyes. Learn about their long history with the town, from Ike’s first trip to Gettysburg to his and Mamie’s days as retired president and first lady.
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Gettysburg College Gate - corner of N. Washington & Water Streets
Schedule: Wednesday

100 Nights of Taps - The notes of Taps will fill the air in Gettysburg every evening this summer as the famous 24-note call is sounded in honor of those who have served our nation. This daily tribute is done in partnership with the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Taps for Veterans.
Time: 7 pm
Location: Soldiers’ National Monument - Soldiers’ National Cemetery
Schedule: Daily

Camp Fire at Pitzer Woods (60 min) - Rangers present programs on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: Park Amphitheater - West Confederate Ave.
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Last updated: May 17, 2019

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