Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to host the “A Day in the Park” event on National Public Lands Day

Visitors participate in the "A Day in the Park" event
Visitors participate in the "A Day in the Park" event

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News Release Date: September 14, 2015

Contact: Todd Bolton, 304-535-6026

Contact: Autumn Cook, 304-535-2908

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to the “A Day in the Park” family event on Saturday September 26, 2015, from 10 am to 4 pm. This event on National Public Lands Day will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy Harpers Ferry while learning about how the National Park Service operates. This is an entrance fee free event.

Highlights of activities include:

  • Snap a photo at the retro ranger station
  • Smell and touch artifacts in a “Hands-On History” activity
  • Become a NPS Centennial Junior Ranger
  • Dress up as a ranger 
  • Have your photo taken with Buddy Bison
  • Play National Park Service Jeopardy
  • Paint or color your national parks
  • Learn about volunteer opportunities
  • Play “You’re in Charge” and learn how to manage a national park
  • Get an inside look at a Law Enforcement patrol car
  • Discover the meaning behind the National Park Service’s symbol, the arrowhead 
  • Dance the “BioBlitz Dance” to help spread the word about species counts
  • Watch as 3D models of museum artifacts are made and learn how the National Park Service cares for and preserves museum collections
  • Build a national park visitor center with blocks
  • Work at a real Information Desk to help other kids plan their visit
  • Learn about the ”Every Kid in a Park” 4th grade program

The Harpers Ferry Historical Association (HFHA), a park partner, will host a book signing with authors, Michael B. Graham and Kevin R. Pawlak. Graham's book, On This Day in West Virginia Civil War History, highlights the rich Civil War history of the Mountain State. In Shepherdstown in the Civil War, Pawlak retraces the horrific accounts of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as a Civil War hospital town. HFHA will also be located in the event tent with children’s items, Junior Ranger apparel and games, and “Hike Harpers Ferry” t-shirts along with free “Hike Harpers Ferry” posters for cancellations. Take this opportunity to support Harpers Ferry National Historical Park by helping HFHA reach their goal of 100 new Association members by the National Park Service’s 100th birthday on August 25, 2016.



Last updated: September 14, 2015

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

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