Ranger Programs

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Ranger programs are offered on weekends in the fall. Programs are typically scheduled between 10 AM and 12 PM, or between 1 PM and 3 PM. Locations vary. See below for list of program topics.

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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Weekend Program Topics

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.


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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Programs take place at Conway's Brigade near the Von Steuben Statue parking area along Route 23, and run for about one hour.

Photo by Steven Walter

Fall Campfire Programs

Selected Saturdays in the fall at 7 PM

Hot fire, warm conversation.

Join a park ranger for an interactive evening by the campfire as we discuss unique stories of Valley Forge and the American Revolution. The programs are located at Conway’s Brigade, and run for about an hour.

Conway’s Brigade & Parking: Accessible from PA Route 23. Park at the Von Steuben Statue parking lot or the Varnum’s Picnic Area parking lot, then walk down the historic trace road to Conway’s Brigade.

What to Bring: Flashlight, blanket, jacket.

Weather: The program will be canceled for rain, call 610-783-1099 before 5 PM to check on the status of the program.


October 8 - The Great Cow Chase!

In the darkest moments of the Valley Forge Encampment, General Anthony Wayne led troops into New Jersey to gather supplies. What followed was a deadly game of cat and mouse between American and British forces through the forests and farms of South Jersey, all while driving cattle.

October 15 - 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.

October 22 - The Life and Times of Baron von Steuben

Friedrich von Steuben's contributions instilled new measures of duty and professionalism in the American army. But who was he really? Where did he come from? Was he really a fraud, as some people say? Let's unpack von Steuben's life to find out what brought him here and allowed him to play such a large role in American history.

October 29 - Prisoners of War

Both American and British forces struggled to figure out what to do with captured soldiers and sailors throughout the American Revolution. Many were sent to the infamous HMS Jersey, the Newgate Prison, or to Camp Security. Learn what happened to these soldiers and sailors when they arrived.

November 5 - First Peoples, First Allies: Indigenous Nations in Revolutionary America

Long before the Continental Congress secured an alliance with France, the state governments sought the assistance of neighboring Indigenous Nations. During the Valley Forge encampment, George Washington and the fledging government of the United States made an alliance with the Oneida Indian Nation, and the Oneidas sent a delegation of warriors to Valley Forge. This group fought in the Battle of Barren Hill in May 1777, but they were not the only Indigenous people to fight in the American Revolution. Take a closer look at the allegiances of the different Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the factors that drove their decisions, and the lasting effects of those choices for generations to come.

 
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Washington's Headquarters and Valley Forge Station Open House

Washington's Headquarters

Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
Tour the house virtually here.

Historic Valley Forge Station

Open daily 10 AM to 4:30 PM.
Contains museum exhibits, located adjacent to Washington's Headquarters.

 

Seasonal Programming Changes

Summer

(June through August). Ranger programs are offered most days during the summer months.

Fall

(September through November) Ranger programs are offered on weekends in the fall.

Winter

(December through Februrary) No regularly scheduled ranger programs, but special events like March-In provide great opportunities for learning and fun.

Spring

(March through May) Ranger programs are offered on weekends in the spring.

Last updated: November 8, 2022

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