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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Gloves are recommended. The project usually involves some kind of painting - so dress in something that can get paint on it. Other tools are provided.

Itinerary for Apr 27 — May 2, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Situated along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. This secluded site is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. Demonstration gardens, a Heifer Global Village, and more create an eco-friendly learning facility with worldwide scope.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simple yet comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and most have a futon. A telephone is available in the common area. Each room has its own private bath along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.

Facility amenities: Part of the charm of Shepherd’s Spring is “getting away from it all” to focus on meaningful activities and ideas. The site features a natural spring as well as nature and meditation trails for hiking. There is limited wireless Internet access, and a computer is available for guest use in the common area. TV and telephones only in the common areas. Free parking available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 27 - Check in to your room, review the week ahead, and...
Check in to your room, review the week ahead, and get to know your fellow participants. Conclude the evening with a historical film on the Battle of Antietam.

Afternoon: 3-5 pm: Registration, Check-in - Lobby of the main Lodge of the Conference Center. Daily itineraries and local attractions information included in your arrival packet. Dinner served at 5:30 pm.

Dinner: 5:30pm Dinner served buffet style in the lodge Dining Room with full salad bar and dessert.

Evening: Meet your fellow work crew members and become oriented with the facility. Enjoy an evening viewing of a film on the battle of Antietam.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Situated along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. This secluded site is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. Demonstration gardens, a Heifer Global Village, and more create an eco-friendly learning facility with worldwide scope.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simple yet comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and most have a futon. A telephone is available in the common area. Each room has its own private bath along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.

Facility amenities: Part of the charm of Shepherd’s Spring is “getting away from it all” to focus on meaningful activities and ideas. The site features a natural spring as well as nature and meditation trails for hiking. There is limited wireless Internet access, and a computer is available for guest use in the common area. TV and telephones only in the common areas. Free parking available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 28 - Working with the National Park Service at Antieta...
Working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield to help maintain, restore, and preserve historic aspects of the park. In the evening enjoy a presentation by living historians and re-enactors.

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast in the dining room with fruit and cereal options.

Morning: Depart for Antietam Battlefield and service work. Specific project will depend on the weather and the needs of the Park Service at the time: May include painting, fence work, brush clearing, etc.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.

Afternoon: Continue with work projects. At the end of the work day we will visit and join in on a lecture discussing the Fall of 1862, which reviews the events leading up to the Maryland (aka Antietam) Campaign.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style Dinner in the Dining Room with full salad bar and dessert!

Evening: Hear from re-enactors and living historians as they present to you the arms and equipment of a Civil War soldier.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Situated along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. This secluded site is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. Demonstration gardens, a Heifer Global Village, and more create an eco-friendly learning facility with worldwide scope.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simple yet comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and most have a futon. A telephone is available in the common area. Each room has its own private bath along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.

Facility amenities: Part of the charm of Shepherd’s Spring is “getting away from it all” to focus on meaningful activities and ideas. The site features a natural spring as well as nature and meditation trails for hiking. There is limited wireless Internet access, and a computer is available for guest use in the common area. TV and telephones only in the common areas. Free parking available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 29 - Continue working with the National Park Service a...
Continue working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. Then see how the battle unfolded as we exp[lore key points of the battlefield. In the evening, visit another local historic site to discover the rich history of the area.

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.

Breakfast: Buffet style hot breakfast in the Dining Room with fruit and cereal selections.

Morning: Service work at Antietam National Battlefield with National Park Service historical preservation staff.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.

Afternoon: Continue service work at Antietam National Battlefield. At the conclusion of the day's service work, visit key points of the battle with a final stop for a treat at Nutters Ice Cream!

Dinner: Buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with Salad Bar and dessert.

Evening: Explore the strategic planning behind the Maryland Campaign as Harpers Ferry becomes the key. The lost orders for capturing Harpers Ferry and the struggle to get artillery on ridge tops played a role in the battle at Antietam.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Situated along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. This secluded site is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. Demonstration gardens, a Heifer Global Village, and more create an eco-friendly learning facility with worldwide scope.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simple yet comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and most have a futon. A telephone is available in the common area. Each room has its own private bath along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.

Facility amenities: Part of the charm of Shepherd’s Spring is “getting away from it all” to focus on meaningful activities and ideas. The site features a natural spring as well as nature and meditation trails for hiking. There is limited wireless Internet access, and a computer is available for guest use in the common area. TV and telephones only in the common areas. Free parking available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 30 - Continue working with the National Park Service a...
Continue working with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the historic treasure that is Harpers Ferry. In the evening settle in for a presentation by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program. If you choose to go to to Harpers Ferry, anticipate an hour or so of walking. Note that the town is on a hillside so walking can be up and down hill.

Breakfast: Hot breakfast buffet style in the Dining Room with fruit and cereal options.

Morning: Service work at Antietam National Battlefield with National Park Service historical preservation staff.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.

Afternoon: Continue with service work. When finished for the day, we will take a field trip to Harpers Ferry, site of the first shot of the Civil War - John Brown's raid, and the National Armory. Those not wishing to eplore Harpers Ferry may take the afternoon off to do with as they please.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and dessert.

Evening: Hear from a member of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine as they delve into one of the numerous aspects of medicine or feats of humanitarianism that transpired during the Civil War.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Situated along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, Shepherd's Spring has 220 acres of woodland and rolling meadows. This secluded site is a relaxing refuge for people and a haven for wildlife. Demonstration gardens, a Heifer Global Village, and more create an eco-friendly learning facility with worldwide scope.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simple yet comfortable and include a luggage rack, dresser, desk, chair, and most have a futon. A telephone is available in the common area. Each room has its own private bath along with individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Linens are provided, though there is no maid service during the program.

Facility amenities: Part of the charm of Shepherd’s Spring is “getting away from it all” to focus on meaningful activities and ideas. The site features a natural spring as well as nature and meditation trails for hiking. There is limited wireless Internet access, and a computer is available for guest use in the common area. TV and telephones only in the common areas. Free parking available on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $45/ room
Call ahead for availability at (301) 223-8193

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 01 - Finish your work projects with the National Park ...
Finish your work projects with the National Park Service at Antietam National Battlefield and review your accomplishments in preserving this historic site. In the evening relax to songs from the Civil War era led by a local performer.

Note: Service work projects will all typically require several hours of standing or physical activity where you will be on your feet in the outdoors. There are typically a variety of projects to choose from each day, some of which can be quite physically demanding. Specific project details will not be known until near the start date of the program.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast with fruit and cereal selections in the Dining Room.

Morning: Final day of service work projects at the Antietam National Battlefield.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the service site, concluded by a Ranger led talk on one of the numerous aspects of the battle and/or the preservation efforts taking place on the battlefield.

Afternoon: Finish service work projects at the Antietam National Battlefield.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner in the Dining Room with salad bar and dessert.

Evening: Join in and sing along with the chorus or simply sit back and relax to an evening of music from the Civil War Era interspersed with stories and anecdotes performed by a local musician and historian.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 02 - Say farewell to your friends and fellow workers o...
Say farewell to your friends and fellow workers of the National Park Service before visiting the National Cemetery and park visitors center.

Note: Some minor walking and standing on relatively level ground.

Breakfast: Hot buffet style breakfast in the Dining Room with fresh fruit and cereal options.

Morning: Say goodbye and receive a token of appreciation from your work partners, the National Park Service. Then visit Antietam National Cemetery and the park visitor's center.

Lunch: 11:30 am Lunch served in the Dining Room, complete with salad bar and dessert.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sharpsburg, MD
Antietam National BattlefieldThe Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) on Sept. 17, 1862 greatly altered the course of the American Civil War. It remains as the bloodiest day in American History - there were some 23,110 casualties. Visitors can walk or drive by the Dunker Church, the North and East Woods, The Cornfield, the Mumma Farmstead, Bloody Lane (Sunken Road) Burnside Bridge, and Antietam National Cemetery. Antietam National Battlefield lies north and east of Sharpsburg, along Md. 35 and 65. Both routes intersect either U.S. 40 or 40A and I-70. The Visitor's Center is opening daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. All visitor center facilities and most tour route exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery are adminstered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. P.O. Box 158 Sharpsburg, MD 21782 301-432-5124
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/anti
Chesapeake and Ohio CanalThe Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began as a dream of passage to western wealth, It operated as a conduit of eastern coal, suffered extensive and finally fatal flooding, and then resisted being paved as a highway. Today it endures as a national historical park - a pathway into history, nature, and recreation. The canal runs along the Potomac River from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, Washington DC (184.5 miles) The canal abuts the property line of Shepherd's Spring at Mile Marker 83. It is popular with hikers and bicyclists. For general information about the canal, write: C&O National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call 301-739-4200.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov\choh
Foxcross PotteryDel Martin, potter, lives and works at Foxcross with his wife, Carol. Their secluded rural home, overlooking the Potomac River, and pottery is both self-constructed and self-sustaining. They invite visitors to come glimpse their work and lifestyle. Foxcross pottery is just 5 minutes from Shepherd's Spring, and is open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 - 5 pm or by appointment. The pottery is lead-free and uses stony reduction glazes. Address: 6640 Remsburg Road Sharpsburg, Md 21782 301-432-6692
Washington County Museum of Fine ArtsThe holdings contain over 6,000 works of art, and the museum is nationally recognized for its collection of 19th and early 20th century American Art. In addition, visitors can view 18th century to contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts. There are also holding of Old Masters, European, Asian, African, and Native American Art. Hours: Tues - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 1 - 5 pm. Located at 91 Key Street, City Park, Hagerstown, MD email: wcmfa@aol.com phone: 301-739-5727 the galleries are fully accessible to those with disabilities and wheelchairs are available.
For additional information, visit: www.washcomuseum.org

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