Ranger Programs

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Ranger programs are offered most days during the summer months (May through August). Programs are typically scheduled between 10 AM and 12 PM, or between 1 PM and 3 PM. Locations vary.

Call the information desk at 610-783-1099 or ask a ranger inside the Visitor Center at Valley Forge for the most current information about times, topics, and locations of ranger programs.

 

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Programs are typically scheduled between 10 AM and 12 PM, or between 1 PM and 3 PM. Locations vary.


Revolutionary Medicine

Learn about the medical practices used to treat soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. The presentation includes a medical display of various drugs, surgical tools, and a hands-on activity with a mortar and pestle.

The War in Winter: Combat Operations During the Valley Forge Encampment

Contrary to popular belief, there was never a cease-fire while the army was camped at Valley Forge. Learn about all the combat operations that happened around the Philadelphia area during the six months of the Valley Forge encampment.

Black Powder Cartridge Making

Learn about the importance of black powder cartridges and other military supplies. Join this interactive program and make your own cartridge, just like a soldier who fought in the American Revolutionary War would have done.

A Global Conflict

Learn where and how France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the Kingdom of Mysore in India all fought against Great Britain during the American Revolution in what become essentially a world war. The display features more than 40 present-day flags representing locations around the world where, from 1776 to 1784, battles were fought against the British outside the territory of the original 13 states.

Ancient Bones of Valley Forge: Fossils of the Port Kennedy Bone Cave

The Port Kennedy Bone Cave, one of the most significant Pleistocene-era fossil finds in this part of the country, gives us a fascinating glimpse of what life was like at Valley Forge 750,000 years ago, and of the different species that made this area their home.

Lenape Pottery and Connections to the Land

Learn about the indigenous peoples of the Valley Forge area and how they lived with the land prior to the arrival of European colonizers. Try your hand at making a small, coil-style clay pot to take home.

Pelts and Skulls: Animals of Valley Forge

Learn about common animals that live in the Valley Forge area by examining select skulls and pelts.

 
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Painting along the River Trail in April 2022.

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Art in the Park Program (Landscapes and Structures)

Join rangers each month at a different beautiful location in the park to practice your photography, sketching, drawing, or painting in a stress-free, judgment-free environment! Bring your own equipment and supplies. The program is free — advance registration is not required.

Programs are scheduled in the morning from 8 AM to 11 AM on either Saturdays or Sundays.

Check the event calendar and search using the keyword "Art in the Park" to find upcoming programs.

Join the program's Facebook community here.

 
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Washington's Headquarters and Valley Forge Station

Washington's Headquarters

Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM.
Tour the house virtually here.

Historic Valley Forge Station

Open daily 10 AM to 5 PM.
Contains museum exhibits, located adjacent to Washington's Headquarters.

Last updated: August 8, 2022

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