Join the Continental Army to learn about Valley Forge through hands-on interactive activities exploring the diversity, sacrifice and perseverance of the encampments participants. Park rangers dressed in period clothing will take students on an exploration of the landscape, people, and history of Valley Forge. Students and teachers will join the ranger on a .25 mile walk from the Visitor Center to the reconstructed Muhlenberg Brigade Huts.
Meets Pennsylvania State Standards: 8.2.4.D: Distinguish between conflict and cooperation among groups and organization that impacted the history and development of Pennsylvania and 8.3.5.B: Illustrate concepts and knowledge of historical documents, artifacts, and places critical to United States history.
30 Minutes (plus approx. 15 min driving time) Class Size: 65 maximum/15 minimum*
Extend your learning and take full advantage of your educational trip to Valley Forge by adding a thirty-minute program at Washington's Headquarters to learn about the General's unique leadership qualities that kept the American Revolution alive. A park ranger will meet your group at the Valley Forge Train Station and invite students to learn about Washington's leadership through dialogue, questions, and answers. The program includes touring Washington's Headquarters.Students may participate in "Washington's Leadership" program at either 11:45 a.m. immediately following the "Soldier Life" program or at 12:30 p.m. allowing time to have a lunch at one of the park's picnic areas before the "Washington Leadership" program.
Meets Pennsylvania State Standard: 5.2.5.C: Explain why individuals become involved in leadership and public service.
Meets Common Core Standards: CC.1.2.4.E: Use text structure to interpret information (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) and CC.1.5.5.D: Report on a topic or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes;speak clearly with adequate volume, appropriate pacing, and clear pronunciation
Riding Through History
2 hours Class Size: 65 maximum/15 minimum (1-2 buses)*
Park Rangers dressed in 18th Century clothing will lead students in discussions and debates as they Ride Through History at Valley Forge. Your bus will stop at the Muhlenberg Brigade Huts, the National Memorial Arch, and Washington's Headquarters as rangers help the students discover how history impacts their lives. The school will be responsible for providing a bus for this program. Rangers will board the bus at the park visitor center, ride with the students for the duration of the program, and will be dropped off back at the visitor center at the conclusion of the program. You and your class are welcome to eat lunch in the park at one of our picnic areas after the program.
Meets Pennsylvania State Standard: 8.2.6.A: Identify and explain the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to PA history.
Meets Common Core Standard: CCSS.ELA 6-8.8: Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
*Exceptions to the class size requirements may be granted to special needs classes
Eating Lunch in the Park
If your group is planning to visit Valley Forge over the lunch hour we suggest packing a picnic lunch, as there are no full-service concessions on the premises or indoor dining facilities. The Wayne's Woods and Varnum's Picnic Areas are best suited to accommodate school groups, as they are both situated along the main tour route of the park.
Make Your Field Trip a Green Field Trip
Use reusable bottles, lunch bags/boxes, and food containers. Water filling stations and water founds available throughout park. Print visit materials double-sided or use electronic copies - recycle whenever possible. Review and share the seven principles of Leave No Trace with students. Reminder: Bus idling is prohibited.