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2022 Summer Ranger Programs (June 11 - August 7)

Daily Ranger-led hikes, walks, and talks that explore the people and places that made history at Gettysburg.

Schedule subject to change without notice. Be prepared for a variety of field conditions and wear clothing to match the forecast. Depending on your planned activities, please include accessories such as sunscreen, insect repellent, hiking boots, and extra water. Please park in designated locations only.

Title Description Location Day(s) Time(s)
Gettysburg History Hike
(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. Meet at Ranger Site 1, behind the Museum & Visitor Center Daily 10 am
First Shots on McPherson Ridge
(45 min)
Why did the battle start at Gettysburg and how did the fighting on July 1, 1863, shape the rest of the battle? Join a park ranger and explore where the largest battle fought in the western hemisphere began. Meet at Auto Tour Stop 1, McPherson Ridge Daily 10 am
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 Recruitment Station in the Visitor Center lobby! Meet at Ranger Site 1, behind the Museum & Visitor Center Daily 11 am
Living on Freedom’s 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. Meet at Auto Tour Stop 16, National Cemetery Parking Lot, at the “Ranger Program Begins Here” sign Daily 11 am
Lincoln and the Creation of 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 Auto Tour Stop 16, inside the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Taneytown Road gate Daily 11 am
2 pm
3 pm
Farm Fridays at Eisenhower National Historic Site
(4 hr)
Join park rangers and volunteers to see the Eisenhower Show Barn for this new, exclusive opportunity, featuring informal programming and interactive activities. Farm Fridays are the only times the Eisenhower Show Barn will be open to the public this summer. Discover stories of Eisenhower conducting “barnyard diplomacy” with world leaders and explore the rich agricultural heritage of south-central Pennsylvania. Meet at the Eisenhower Show Barn, Eisenhower National Historic Site Friday 12 pm
Casting Shadows: Gettysburg’s Monumental Stories
(60 min)
How did the battlefield of Gettysburg develop into a National Park? Who placed the over 1,300 monuments and markers on the battlefield and what stories do they tell? Join a park ranger for this hike along Warfield Ridge and uncover the many layers of history and memory on the Gettysburg battlefield. Meet at the James Longstreet Statue, Pitzer Woods, West Confederate Avenue Mon/Wed/Sat/Sun 1:30 pm
The Forgotten Flank: The Battle for Culp's Hill
(60 min)
Walk the wooded slopes of Culp's Hill where the most sustained fighting of the battle took place. This unique area of the battlefield has recently been rehabilitated by the National Park Service to better resemble the landscape of 1863. Meet at the Culp’s Hill Tower, Slocum Avenue Daily 2 pm
The Care of the Wounded
(45 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, behind the Museum & Visitor Center Daily 3 pm
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. Meet at Ranger Site 1, behind the Museum & Visitor Center Daily 4 pm
World War II in the Gettysburg National Cemetery
(60 min)
Join a park ranger for a guided walking tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery focusing on the stories of fallen WWII soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who were brought home to Gettysburg for their final burial. Meet at Auto Tour Stop 16, inside the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Taneytown Road gate Saturday 4 pm
Licensed Battlefield Guide Tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery
(90 min)
Meet a member of Gettysburg’s Licensed Battlefield Guides at the Cemetery Rostrum for a free guided walk exploring the history of Gettysburg National Cemetery. This program will conclude at the Soldier’s National Monument prior to the performance of Taps. Meet at Auto Tour Stop 16, inside the Gettysburg National Cemetery, Taneytown Road gate Daily 5:30 pm
100 Nights of Taps
(May 30 to September 5)
The notes of "Taps" will once more fill the air every evening as the famous 24-note call is sounded in Gettysburg National Cemetery from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and Gettysburg National Military Park will co-sponsor 100 Nights of Taps, in partnership with Taps for Veterans and Gettysburg's Licensed Battlefield Guides. Soldier’s National Monument inside the Gettysburg National Cemetery Daily 7 pm
Camp Colt Ranger Walk
(60 min)
Tanks in Gettysburg? Join a park ranger to explore the story of Camp Colt and Captain Dwight Eisenhower's first independent command. In 1918, Gettysburg hosted a tank training camp during the Great War, providing a proving grounds for young tankers and officers alike. This free, one hour long walking tour meets at the Ranger Program Begins Here sign in the Gettysburg National Cemetery Parking Lot. This program meets at 10 am on the second Saturday of each month, from May 14 through October 8. This program meets at the "Ranger Program Begins Here" sign in the Gettysburg National Cemetery Parking Lot Monthly 10 am


2022 Battle Walk and Campfire program schedule (click here)

August 8 and beyond schedule will be released soon.


Virtual Tour

A park ranger points across a green field to two hills in the background.

Virtual Tour

We offer all our visitors the opportunity to experience the battlefield, no matter where you are, with our park-wide virtual tour!


Last updated: July 5, 2022

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