Volunteer with the Friends
Join like-minded people, and make a vital contribution to Valley Forge National Historical Park.
There a many ways to get involved and “give back” to the Park. From birders and recreational users, to environmentalists, history buffs, and Muster Roll researchers, let’s talk and find a meaningful role for your interest, time, and talents.
Your participation is needed and encouraged. To volunteer and for more information, please complete and email the Volunteer Inquiry Form or call 610-783-1777.
Ways to Volunteer and Give Back
- Plan social events like the Friends’ Annual Reception
- Coordinate activities during special events like Washington’s Birthday Celebration
- Participate in topic and speaker selections for the Friends Speaker Series
- Assist with home school groups and educational outreach programs
- Research and authenticate new additions to the Muster Roll
- Get involved with the Membership Committee and engage people to support the Park.
- Get involved with the Programs Committee and help create unique learning opportunities and activities.
- Get involved with the Young Friends and join other young professionals to help organize special events, social media efforts, and volunteer projects.
- Assist in preservation efforts, trail clean-up days and other Park-wide projects
|2nd Saturday of the Month March – November||(weather permitting)|
Suitable for: Adults, Kids, Teens, Seniors, Groups, Family
Volunteers meet the 2nd Saturday of the month to help clean up and maintain trails in Valley Forge NHP. No trails maintenance skill necessary and training will be provided. Valley Forge NHP will provide tools. The work requires occasional effort in lifting heavy materials.
Bring water, snacks, protective eye wear and work gloves. Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty such as long-sleeve shirts, long pants and hiking boots.
You must be 13 and older to participate. For youth under the age of 18, parental approval is required and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.
Meet at 9am in the small parking lot off Yellow Springs Road (near the white Covered Bridge on Route 252). Work ends by noon. Come join the fun!
Trails work projects include:
- Clearing draining features
- Removing limbs and downed trees from across the trail tread
- Cutting back over grown brush to maintain trail corridor
- Blazing to direct trail user
- Stabilization and rehabilitation projects to prevent trail erosion
- Trash removal
|Every other Saturday 9 am – 1 pm March – November||(weather permitting)|
Hut Brigade volunteers assist Park staff in maintaining or restoring huts and other structures at VFNHP. In more recent years, the Brigade has expanded services to improve the visitor experience by making lanterns, popular water yokes, gabions for Ft. Moore, stools and new benches at Muhlenberg Brigade.
Volunteers Welcome. Familiarity with basic hand
tools would be helpful but prior construction or
building experience is not necessary. Park rules
require volunteers to be at least 16 years old. If
you are interested in learning more or willing to
assist please email.
Printable volunteer FAQ.
WHEN: Work sessions occur from March – November and are typically held every other Saturday morning, from 9 am to about 1 pm.
WHERE: Work locations are based on the project for that session. Confirmation of the exact location will be sent by email prior to the session.
ATTIRE: Long pants are recommended and sturdy work boots essential. Work gloves and safety glasses are also essential, but the Park may be able to provide those if you do not have your own.
FOOD: Breakfast snacks, bagels and orange juice are provided. Feel free to bring your own coffee.
SUPERVISION: NPS Ranger Pat Sullivan supervises each session beginning with goals for the day. Pat is an excellent craftsman, and very experienced, and happily provides any guidance requested of him.
OPTIONAL: The Park provides all tools, but sometimes small items, like tape measures or pencils are in great demand. So if you have your own, it would be helpful, but not necessary to bring them.
JOIN THE LIST TO STAY INFORMED. Notice of an upcoming session is typically sent two weeks in advance via email, with a reminder one week in advance. Some projects require a minimum number of volunteers, while others have an upper limit on how many can be accommodated. It is therefore important that you sign up in advance.
If you would like to receive regular updates on Hut Brigade volunteer work days, please email email@example.com.
The Hut Brigade is one of many community service projects supported by NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), a community service organization sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Volunteers do not need to be a member of NOVA to participate.
|Monday, February 16 10 am – 1 pm||VFNHP Visitor Center|
Join the birthday party for General Washington beginning at 10 am with crafts and games plus birthday activities in the Visitor Center.
Volunteers needed to assist at craft stations and general activities throughout the day. To sign up, email us and join the celebration.
|Sunday, April 17 7:30am – noon||(race starts at 8:30)|
The Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run is a unique challenge for runners of all skill levels. Runners trek the five-mile, USATF certified course that traverses the scenic Valley Forge National Historical Park. Event also includes a 3 mile walk and a 1.776km Young Patriots Run for kids ages 6–14. To date, the race has generated over $240,000 for park-wide improvements.
Volunteers needed to assist in a variety of race positions. No experience necessary. To sign up, email us and make a revolutionary difference for our park.
Cold weather doesn’t end the war on weeds. Volunteer and make a year-round difference on the preservation and restoration of the Park’s native biodiversity. Assignments include removal of invasive non-native species to re-establish native plants and assist the animal communities they support. Click here to read more about the importance of Weed Warriors.
Remaining dates for winter/spring Weed Warrior program: To enroll, please email Kate Jensen or call 610-783-1035.
|Saturday, February 21||noon – 3 pm|
|Saturday, March 21||noon – 3 pm|
|Saturday, April 18||noon – 3 pm|
|Saturday, May 16||9 am – noon|
|Saturday, June 6||time tba|
|Saturday, June 7, 2014 8 am – 1 pm||Betzwood Picnic Area|
Attend our Trails Fair in association with American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day®, a long-standing celebration of America’s magnificent trail systems. Volunteers help with trail maintenance such as removing invasive plants along the trail corridor and cleaning up litter along park trails.
Sign-up: Call 610-783-1777 or email.
|Saturday, October 17, 2015 9 am – 1 pm||VFNHP Lower Parking Lot|
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.
|Monday, January 20, 2014 8:30am – 1 pm||Meet in the Visitor Center by 8:45 am|
Join us for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and help the Park with preservation maintenance projects. Make the holiday a day ON, where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned.
There will be a variety of tasks for all ages. Hope you can join us for a day of positive energy and great park-progress!