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.
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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
Active outdoor work 4-6 hours a day on uneven terrain.
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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John Schildt
John Schildt was introduced to Civil War history by his great-grandmother who fed Union troops on the way to Gettysburg when she was a little girl. John has been a lecturer and guide for the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, Bud Robertson’s “Campaigning with Lee”, the Chicago Civil War Round Table, and many other groups. He was the main speaker at the 125th anniversary of Antietam. Outside of Civil War history, John has led three educational excursions to Normandy and took part in the American and French commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the D-day landing in 1994. While giving leading explorations, he likes to make history come alive by sharing human interest stories about people and places. Having been a lifelong student of Antietam, John has written many books on the subject, including “September Echoes,” “Drums along the Antietam,” “Roads to Antietam,” and several others.
John Schildt
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