Ranger Programs at Gettysburg

A Park Ranger leads a tour on the Gettysburg battlefield.
A Park Ranger leads a tour on the Gettysburg battlefield.

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Gettysburg offers a variety of ranger guided programs and battlefield walks for park visitors throughout the year. A full schedule of programs is offered during the summer months from mid-June through mid August with select programs that highlight different aspects of the battlefield and cemetery provided in the spring and fall. We also offer our Mid-Winter Lecture Series of indoor programs, held at the Museum and Visitor Center from January through March. Check our park web site prior to your visit for updated schedules and announcements!

 
 

2016 Fall Ranger Programs

During the fall months, Gettysburg National Military Park offers a daily schedule of free ranger guided programs that bring to the life the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War. All programs vary in length from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the subject matter and location. Best of all, ranger guided programs are free of charge!

Here you will find a brief description of our programs and when you visit be certain to pick up a copy of our "Today in the Park" guide that lists all of your choices for programs, tours and other events of interest.

For more information call the park at (717) 334-4468.

August 15 - October 10
Program Times Days Offered
Cemetery Ridge Hike: Crisis at the Union Center (90 min)
Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge, where fighting raged on July 2 & 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
Four Score and Seven Years Ago:
Lincoln and the Soldiers' National Cemetery (45 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 Rd. Gate
11 am &
2 pm
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.
Meet at Little Round Top - Warren Statue
11 am Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
First Shots on McPherson Ridge (60 min)
The Edward McPherson farm witnessed the opening shots of the Battle of Gettysburg. How did the fighting on this simple farm shape and influence the strategy of the battle in the coming days?
Meet at McPherson Ridge - Auto Tour Stop 1
11 am Sun/Tues/Thurs
Those Who Fought Here:
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
3 pm Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat
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 Sun/Tues/Thurs
Battlefield in a Box (30 min)
Become part of the battlefield in this interactive overview program! Build a map of the battlefield using simple props. Perfect for the first time visitor wanting a better understanding of the battle.
Meet at Ranger Site 1 at Museum & Visitor Center
4 pm

Daily
3 Days in 90 Minutes (90 min)
Visit iconic location along the union line of battle and gain an understanding of the three days of fighting at Gettysburg. This overview hike is perfect for the return or first time visitor.
Meet at National Cemetery - Taneytown Rd. Gate
5:30 pm 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.
Meet at Park Amphitheater - West Confederate Avenue
7 pm Fri/Sat


 
October 11 - November 19
Program Times Days Offered
Cemetery Ridge Hike: Crisis at the Union Center (90 min)
Hike from the Visitor Center to Cemetery Ridge, where fighting raged on July 2 & 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
Four Score and Seven Years Ago:
Lincoln and the Soldiers' National Cemetery (45 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 Rd. Gate
11 am &
2 pm
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.
Meet at Little Round Top - Warren Statue
3 pm Sun/Mon/Wed/Fri
The 3rd Day and Beyond: Stay and Fight it Out! (45 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 Abraham Brian Farm, Hancock Ave.
3 pm Sun/Tues/Thurs/Sat



 

2016 Fall Camp Fire Programs

Rangers present evening campfire talks on a wide variety of topics on the Battle of Gettysburg and the American Civil War.

Held every evening at 7 pm at the Pitzer Woods Amphitheater, Auto Tour Stop #6. Schedule is subject to change.

August 26 - September 3
Date Program Ranger
August 26 Suspicious Official Language in the Gettysburg Reports: "That's My Story and I'm Sticking to It!" Troy Harman
August 27 Wright or Wrong? Doing Battle, History Amidst Contradictions Chuck Teague
August 28 Birds with a Gettysburg Address Bonnie Portzline
September 2 Rhetoric & Language at Appomattox Troy Harman
September 3 Everyday Life on the Cusp of the Civil War Chuck Teague

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1195 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone:

(717) 334-1124

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