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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.
|Tuesday, May 26 7:30 am||1.5 mile walk, 2 hrs (approx.)|
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).
|Friday, June 19 6:30 – 8:30 pm Park Pavilian & Theater||Rain or Shine|
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 email@example.com.
Washington Guard and higher levels:Free
General Member (Individual and Family)*$15 per person
Non-Members$25 per person
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|
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.
Valley Forge Legacy: The Muster Roll Project
The Valley Forge Muster Roll is dedicated to the memory of those who were at the Valley Forge encampment from December 19, 1777 to June 19, 1778. The Continental Army used monthly muster rolls to track the army’s strength. Each roll contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions. In addition, the names officers, camp followers, civilians and others present at the Valley Forge encampment are included. You may be surprised at the wide array of people who were at Valley Forge.