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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.

National Public Lands Day – Support YOUR Park!

Saturday, October 10 9 am – 1 pm Meet in Lower Parking at 8:30 Bring work gloves
National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

Join park staff, partners, and your neighbors and learn about and give back to Valley Forge National Historical Park. Lend a helping hand in the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the nation's 600 million acres of public lands. Tasks for all ages and abilities. Email to volunteer.

Hut Brigade • Volunteers Needed!

Saturdays: October 10 & 17* 9 am – 1 pm Comfortable clothing & sturdy footwear recommended
* subject to rescheduling based on weather

Thanks to the great work of NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Hut Brigade has been busy assisting NPS staff with daubing and doing whatever necessary to bring the new huts to completion so that visitors can enjoy. Join the fun and make a great contribution to this important work. No prior construction or building experience is necessary however you must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information, email

hut brigade in action

Bird Walks in Valley Forge

Tuesday, October 13 8 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 for a fascinating and fun bird walk on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. 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.

During this 2 hour walk, you will hear or see about 30 species in 3 habitats of meadow, edge and woods. In July, all of the Neotropical migrants are here for the summer. Some of the most popular sightings include the Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager to mention a few.

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 8 am. Near-by restrooms and water fountain available (May through September).

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