Ranger Guided

Ranger-guided curriculum programs are available for student, teacher, and youth/camp groups. Please visit our Education Reservations page for more information about scheduling your date of visit and programs at Harpers Ferry!

Below, please find descriptions about our curriculum program offerings.

Students explore the story of John Brown.

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Students participate in a dramatic presentation on Arsenal Square

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Curriculum-based Programs

Trek the Trails K - 12 grades
Students participate in ranger-led hikes to some of the less-traveled places of Harpers Ferry NHP. Hikes vary in difficulty and subject relevance. Explore the river environment, climb a mountain, walk a battlefield, or discover ruins. Emphasis is on fun, physical activity, and appreciation of the natural landscape! 1 - 2 hours

Harpers Ferry: A Place in History 3 -12 grades
Students explore 250 years of the American history experience as told through the Harpers Ferry story. Teams compete to decipher truth or fiction in an interactive game format while visiting significant history sites. 1 hour (3-8), 1.5 hours (9-12)

To Arms! Soldiers' Story 4 – 9 grades
What was life like for soldiers garrisoned at Harpers Ferry? What military action took place here? Why was Harpers Ferry so important? Students are “enlisted” into the infantry, issued a wooden gun and kepi, and taught drill. A soldiers' trivia competition determines what “company” will move ahead to capture the Confederate flag. 1 hour

Incident at Harpers Ferry: John Brown’s Raid 4 – 12 grades
Students enter into this 19th century event through role play, primary readings, story, and a reader’s theatre. The controversial issues of enslavement, defining freedom, and political action are considered.
1 hour

Last updated: December 15, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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