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The Friends of Valley Forge

Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.

Bird Walks in Valley Forge

Tuesday, May 26 7:30 am 1.5 mile walk, 2 hrs (approx.)
Bird Walks in VF

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 optional.

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

2015 Annual Reception Advance Registration Required

Friday, June 19 6:30 – 8:30 pm Park Pavilian & Theater Rain or Shine
Annual Reception

Grab your best sun hat and join us for an art-inspired evening on the lawn to dedicate the new outdoor pavilion and mini parade that was funded in part by The Friends of Valley Forge Park. The twilight picnic includes light food and refreshments, plus presentation of the General Steuben Award. This annual award recognizes those who embody Steuben’s enduring commitment, dedicated leadership and devotion to teamwork, meaningfully demonstrating the spirit of Valley Forge.

Throughout the evening, you can stroll through art-in-the-park paintings created by the Delaware Valley Art League during a three-day en plein air event taking place in early June. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the artists and be the first to preview and purchase artworks (proceeds benefit the Friends). The paintings then will open to the public on June 20th and remain on display in the Visitor Center through the summer. In case of inclement weather, the Reception will be held in the Visitor Center.

RSVP required by June 16th. For more information email


Washington Guard and higher levels:Free
General Member (Individual and Family)*$15 per person
Non-Members$25 per person

* You can apply the cost of your current membership to upgrade to the Washington’s Guard ($100) level. In addition to free admission to the Annual Reception, Washington’s Guard members receive reciprocal free admission to over 700 museums & cultural organizations throughout the US.

To purchase tickets, reserve your free tickets, or upgrade your membership, click here.


Saturday, June 6 (rain date: June 13) 10 am – noon Advance Registration Required
Youth en plein air

Young Artists Invited to En Plein Air at Valley Forge National Historical Park

In an effort to expand art-in-the-park initiatives, the first en plein air for youth ages 9–11 will be held as Valley Forge National Historical Park on Saturday June 6. Rain date will be June 13. En plein air will be directed by art teacher and Park Ranger Wil Moore. Participants will meet in the Visitor Center at 10 am then proceed to Muhlenberg Brigade for an outside painting session of the huts. The event is free and supplies will be provided.

Basic understanding of painting is recommended but not required. Artworks created by Young Artists will be displayed at the Friends’ Annual Reception on Friday, June 19th.

Participation is limited to 10 students. If interested in participating, please call 610-783-1777 or email for additional information.

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