11104
Maryland
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.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 11104RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
749
Getting There
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At a Glance

Amid the now tranquil fields, rock fences and streams of tiny Sharpsburg, Maryland, there once lay 23,000 dead or wounded Civil War soldiers. The hallowed battlefield of Antietam is claimed to have been the bloodiest day of the Civil War, and now the National Park Service is working to restore the landscape to its appearance on the day of the battle in 1862. The battlefield offers a unique opportunity to accomplish this goal because the land within and surrounding it has remained largely rural and agricultural. Become a part of history as you lend a hand preserving this important historical landscape for countless learners to come.
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 ...

  • Work with Park Rangers to restore the battlefield of Antietam to its 1862 appearance.
  • Learn about the impact of this battle and other Civil War history during your works days and during evening lectures and presentations by historians, re-enactors and musicians.
  • Take a field trip to Harpers Ferry, site of the first shot of the Civil War, to explore this now quaint and peaceful town

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Featured Expert
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Randy Anderson
Randy Anderson has lived his entire life in or near Williamsport, Md., which is at roughly mile 100 of the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath. A train enthusiast, he has photographed in the Williamsport area extensively, using the same angles as historical photos of trains and the C&O Canal. Randy's multi-screen presentation allows us to simultaneously see the historical and present-day sites.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Karen Gray
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Randy Anderson
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Heather Barnes
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Paul McDermott
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