11104
Sharpsburg
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
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Dinner, Harpers Ferry
Sharpsburg, MD
D
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

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 lecture on an overview of navigating the Potomac.

DAY
2
Harpers Ferry Service Work, Living History
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Activity 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 Harpers Ferry 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 in the town.

Afternoon: Continue with work projects. At the end of the work day we will visit the John Brown Museum along with other displays/museums around the historic town.

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

Evening: Hear an expert-led lecture on the geography of the Potomac and C&O Canal.

DAY
3
Service Work Continues, Explore Battlefield & Area History
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Activity 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 Harpers Ferry 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 town and/or the preservation efforts taking place.

Afternoon: Continue service work in Harpers Ferry. At the conclusion of the day's service work, visit Antietam Battlefield and learn about the bloodiest day of the Civil War.

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

Evening: Enjoy an evening of free time. Participants can take the time to hike the many trails of Shepherd's Spring, hike along the C&O Canal to Dam #4, and if they have a car explore some of the historical towns surrounding Shepherd's Spring.

DAY
4
Service Work Continues, Harpers Ferry, Civil War Medicine
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Activity 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 Harpers Ferry 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 town 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 one of the many local historical sites of the C&O Canal (Williamsport Basin, Slackwater, or Dam #4). Those not wishing to explore a Canal site 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 local man born and raised in one of the historic canal towns known as Williamsport. Through his photographs crossed with older photos you will learn about where the rail and canal meet.

DAY
5
Complete Service Work, Songs of the Civil War
Sharpsburg, MD
B,L,D
Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center

Activity 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 in Harpers Ferry.

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

Afternoon: Finish service work projects at Harpers Ferry. If time permits, continue exploring Harpers Ferry including a hike to Jefferson Rock.

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 canal era by a local musical artist.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Sharpsburg, MD
B

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. Check out 10:00 am