Preserving the National Parks of the Potomac River
Work with National Park Rangers to maintain and restore one of four national historic parks, and learn its story and legacy on expert-led excursions and engaging lectures.
Program No. 11104RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

From the Civil War battlefield of Antietam and John Brown’s Fort at Harpers Ferry to the historic routes of the C&O Canal and the sacred Monocacy National Battlefield, the national parks of the Potomac are the protectors of irreplaceable treasures. Depending on the date, you’ll join the conservation effort in one of these fascinating national parks as you help restore its precious landscape and learn about its continuing legacy. Join National Park Rangers to help preserve the history and tranquil beauty of these beloved icons of the Potomac.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Active outdoor work 4-6 hours a day on uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Restore the battlefield of Antietam to its 1862 appearance, or help preserve history at Harpers Ferry, the site of John Brown’s fateful uprising.
  • Help maintain the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and learn the central role this historic waterway played in the 19th-century American economy.
  • Work with Park Rangers to preserve and restore the hallowed fields of the battle that is claimed to have saved Washington, D.C.
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Dennis Frye
Dennis Frye is assistant superintendent at Harpers Ferry National Park, where he has also been chief of historical interpretation. He served as president of the Association of the Preservation of Civil War Battlefield Sites, and as an associate producer for the movie "Gods and Generals." A Washington county native and graduate of Shepherd University, Dennis lives in a historic house that was once the headquarters for Gen. Burnside during the Battle of Antietam.
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Dennis Frye
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Mark Brugh
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