Special Event

Antietam National Battlefield Every Kid Outdoors Day

Fee: Free.

There is no cost for the activities and programs, but there is an entrance fee to the park. The cost is $7.00 per person or $15.00 per carload for anyone ages 16 and over who does not have a National Parks Pass. Please pay the fee inside the park visitor center. Fourth graders can receive a free national parks pass that is good for their entire family by going to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm. After your 4th grader has registered on the website, please print the voucher and present it to the park rangers at the Visitor Center.

Location: LAT/LONG: 39.474190, -77.744550

Event starts at tent in front of park visitor center. 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Dates & Times


Saturday, November 16, 2019


10:00 AM


6 hours

Type of Event

Children’s Program


Antietam National Battlefield

Every Kid Outdoors Day

Saturday, November 16, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Presented in partnership with Girl Scout Troop #40726, Boy Scout Troop # 91, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Join us Saturday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of fun activities. Park staff and volunteers will be stationed around the battlefield in activity tents.  You will be able to meet a Civil War Soldier, complete Junior Ranger activities, use Civil War signal flags to send messages, learn about Civil War medicine and the Leave No Trace principles.

The park will provide trail maps. Four separate trails (West Woods, Cornfield, Mumma-Roulette, and Blood Lane trails) will be highlighted.  You can hike one or all of them.  Hiked in their entirety, these trails provide 5.5 miles of hiking that scouts can use towards their hiking patch.  Activities also count towards the Scout Ranger and Girl Scout Ranger patch.

All ages are welcome to take part and you do not need to be affiliated with a scout group to attend.

For more information, please contact Park Ranger Christie Stanczak at christie_stanczak@nps.gov.  Scout leaders can also contact Scout Leader Erica Parello at scoutleader.parello@gmail.com for more information.

Activity Stations:

Start at the Information Tent in front of the park visitor center.  Here you can pick up your hiking trail map, Junior Ranger activity books, and park brochure. While you’re here, feel free to visit the museum and watch the introductory movie.  The movie runs on the hour and half hour until 4 p.m.

Dunker Church- (Stop #1 on the driving tour map). Staff from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will bring a field dressing station kit to show how they would have administered care on the battlefield. Programs at 11 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m.

West Woods Tent- (located behind the Dunker Church).  Stop by here to learn about the seven principles of Leave No Trace.  Park staff will present Leave No Trace interactive activities.

Cornfield Tent-(Stop #4 on driving tour map). Stop here to meet a Civil War soldier.

Mumma Farm- (Stop #6 on driving tour map).  Park staff will present a hands-on Civil War Signal Flag program at 11 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m. The traveling Clara Barton activity will also be available along with the Antietam Stamp. For more information on this awesome program visit:  https://www.nps.gov/clba/learn/kidsyouth/travelingcb.htm.  Girl Scouts will have the “Map to the Past” set-up for kids to learn about the battle.

Bloody Lane- (Stop #8 on driving tour map). Park volunteers be available to talk about what happened at the Bloody Lane.  Scout volunteers will be available to help with the Junior Ranger mapping activity and will have an orienteering activity.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, these activities will not be rescheduled, we will notify everyone via the park’s Facebook page by Friday evening if the event is cancelled.

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Christie Stanczak
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