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Summer Carillon Series

Wednesdays 7:30 – 8:30 pm Washington Memorial Chapel Free Event | Rain or Shine
Washington Memorial Chapel

The Frank P. Law Summer Carillon Concert Series returns as of July 2nd. Presented by the Washington Memorial National Carillon at Washington Memorial Chapel, this year’s series includes returning favorites such as Steven Ball, Freelance Carillonneur from Atlantic City as well as newcomer Klaas de Haan, Carillonneur at Laren, Bolsward and Heerenveen, The Netherlands. Concerts are one hour long and free to the public. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, snacks or dinner. The Chapel Cabin Shop will also be open for refreshments and souvenirs.

Washington Memorial National Carillon is located in Valley Forge National Historical Park at Washington Memorial Chapel. Visit www.wmchapel.org for directions.    read more...

July 30 Ray McLellan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
August 6 Klaas de Haan, The Netherlands
August 13 Doug Gefvert, Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania & Irish Thunder Pipes & Drums, Swedesburg, Pennsylvania
August 20 John Widmann, The City of Frederick, Maryland
August 27 James Brinson, Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Muhlenberg Days

Saturday, August 9 10 am – 3 pm Muhlenberg Brigade
Muhlenberg Days

Join us at Muhlenberg Brigade to experience camp life through interactive activities and special demonstration such as cooking and bread baking. Living History Volunteers give Park visitors an up-close and personal understanding about the experiences and hardships of the encampment.

Additional Dates: August 30

Join us in HISTORY! Volunteers are currently being recruited to assist at Muhlenberg Days and other year-round opportunities. Training will be providing including the ability to “shadow” other Living History volunteers so that you can learn techniques and history. If interested, please call 610-783-1777 or email us.


Guided Bird Walks in Valley Forge

Tuesday, August 12 & 26 7:30 am 1.5 mile walk, approx. 2 hrs
bird walks

Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders and members of the Friends, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month for a fascinating and fun bird walk.

During this 2 hour walk, you will hear or see about 30 species in 3 habitats of meadow, edge and woods. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, so feel free to attend, even if you have never been on a bird walk. No worries if you do not have binoculars. Walk, enjoy the outdoors and learn to identify birds by ear.

Walk: Mostly paved trail but includes sections of short gravel and mowed grass. Good walking shoes recommended.

What to Bring: Binoculars and a hat. Bug spray and sun protection may be desired.

Where to Meet: Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive at 7:30 am. Near-by restrooms and water fountain available.

Walks will be canceled during electrical storms.

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Membership on the Move: Here, There, and Everywhere!

Saturday, August 16 9 am – 1 pm Upper Merion Farmers Market
Membership on the Move

Join us at several offsite locations and become an ambassador for the Park by promoting upcoming park activities and Friends events. Offsite locations include Upper Merion Farmers Market. No experience necessary except a friendly smile. If you are interesting in volunteering, please call 610-783-1777 or email us.

Additional Dates: September 27, October 18


National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 27 9 am – 1 pm VFNHP Lower Parking Lot
National Public Lands Day

Please bring work gloves and arrive by 8:45 am. Rain or shine.

Lend a “helping hand” for America at the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance our 600 million acres of public lands. Join park staff and your neighbors on this day set aside to care for Valley Forge National Historical Park.

YOUNG FRIENDS FUNDRAISING COOK-OUT 11 am – 2 pm

Volunteers are needed to distribute drinks, grill food, and assist with games.

Volunteer Sign-up: Call 610-783-1777 or email.