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.
Program No. 11104RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Dinner, Battle of Antietam
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 viewing of a film on the battle of Antietam.

DAY
2
Antietam National Battlefield 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 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.

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 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.

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 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 explore 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.

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 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.

DAY
6
The National Cemetery, Program Concludes
Sharpsburg, MD
B

Activity 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. Check out 10:00 am






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