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Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

8/22 VFPA Crayfish Corps Day • advance registration required
9/11 VFPA bus trip to the Museum of the American Revolution • Fee required
9/27 Member & Donor Celebration
9/29 National Public Lands Day
10/18 VFPA tour of Stoneleigh, Villanova, PA • Fee required
10/23 Movie screening of Redcoats, voted best Local Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival

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VFPA Crayfish Corps Day

Wednesday, August 22 9 am – noon Valley Creek (exact location to be determined)
Limit 30 - advance registration req'd by 8/20 Closed-toe shoes required
Crayfish Corps

Work alongside Park staff to remove invasive rusty crayfish that invaded Valley Creek in 2008. The rusty crayfish is bigger, more aggressive, and eats up to twice as much as native crayfish in Valley Creek. Long-term goal is to maintain a ratio of one rusty crayfish or less for every four native crayfish present in Valley Creek.

Join us for a splashy morning of learning, fun, and making a difference at Valley Forge National Historical Park. All participants receive Crayfish Corps buttons.


  • Removal is accomplished using hand nets. Participants should be prepared to get in the stream and get wet!
  • Participants should wear their own closed-toe shoes (such as sneakers that can get wet).
  • Park staff will provide training and equipment including nets and a limited number of hip boots.
  • All ages are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and complete a permission form prior to the event.
  • Adults are expected to get into the water with their kids.
  • 1 adult chaperone per 6 children (or fewer) is required.

Email to receive additional information and registration materials.

Trail Tuesdays: Weekly Walks in the Park!

Tuesdays 10 – 11 am meet at Wilson Road parking lot (1700 Wilson Rd.)
Grab lunch at The Tavern at Valley Forge after your walk – 20% discount for members!
trail tuesdays

Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be canceled. Contact Molly Duffy for any questions at or call 484-886-5853.

July 3 – August 28: We’re going to walk on the Valley Creek Trail, where there's more shade! Details to follow. We’ll meet in the Wilson Rd. parking lot (1700 Wilson Rd.) and walk over to the trail together. Trail is flat but unpaved. Suitable for strollers. We’ll walk about the same time and distance. After August 28: We’ll be back to starting the walks at the Alliance table in the Visitor Center lower parking lot.

Email to add your name to our walkers list so that we can keep you informed about upcoming walks, schedule changes, and cancellations due to weather.

Guided Bus Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution – Leave the Driving to Us!

Tuesday, September 11 8:45 am (depart) to 3 pm (return to VFNHP)
Advance registration required by September 5

Hop aboard our luxury bus and enjoy the convenience of door-to-door transportation to and from the Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia’s newest museum, dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution and its continued relevance today. While en route, you’ll learn the why Washington selected Valley Forge for the winter encampment and its importance to winning America’s freedom. Enjoy a guided tour with a Museum expert who will provide additional insights about the artifacts and exhibits, and dig-deeper into the stories behind the objects on display.

A tasteful prix-fixe menu luncheon at the historic City Tavern Restaurant follows at noon. During lunch, Park Superintendent Steve Sims provides first-hand updates on Park happenings plus you’ll meet the Tavern’s culinary historian and chef, Walter Staib, host of PBS's Emmy award-winning show A Taste of History where Chef Staib shares 18th century cuisine to audiences around the world.

Chef Walter Staib

A third-generation restaurateur with more than four decades of culinary experience, Chef Walter Staib is an author, Emmy Award winning TV host, James Beard-nominated chef, and culinary historian. He began his career in Europe, receiving formal training in many of Europe’s finest hotels and restaurants. Chef Staib has also authored six cookbooks. Walter Staib has made numerous appearances on local and national cooking shows, such as 60 Minutes, The Today Show and the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate and Iron Chef. He is the host of A Taste of History, which just received the 2012 James Beard Foundation nomination for Best TV Show on Location and was awarded ten Emmy awards, including two best hosts.

VFPA Members: $90  •  Non-Members $110

Fee includes Museum admission, guided tour, prix-fixe lunch at City Tavern Restaurant and luxury line bus transportation to and from VFNHP. RSVP required by 9/5/18.

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Stoneleigh – A Natural Garden

Thursday, October 18 10 am – 12 pm meet at Mansion main entrance
Advance registration required – limit 20 persons VFPA Members: $25 | Non-Members: $30

Join us for a breathtaking two-hour tour of Stoneleigh, a magnificent 42-acre estate located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. After the tour, lunch with us at Savona. Lunch is optional and at your own cost.

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Members & Donors Celebration

Join us for a special celebration for and with Alliance members and donors on Thursday, September 27. This sunset reception, hosted at the Park’s outdoor pavilion, is a night of fellowship with and recognition of our most important constituency – YOU!

This year’s event honors our most loyal and longest-term supporters with an Anniversary Salute to members who have demonstrated ten or more years of continual membership support. In many ways, these individuals are the “founding members” who blazed and bolstered the future for today’s Alliance when the Interpretive Association, Valley Forge Historical Society and The Friends of Valley Forge Park merged in 2006–2007.

We’re also excited to present the General Steuben Award to REI for their generous and ongoing support of Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Valley Forge Park Alliance. This award is a 5-year tradition expressing our gratitude for REI’s exceptional efforts in giving back to the Park. Recognizing those that give-back to the Park is really what this evening is all about! Please join us.

VFPA Members: $12 per person (Individual: admit 1  |  Household: admit 2)
Non-Member guests: $25 per person

FREE to Washington’s Guard and higher levels but requires RSVP by September 21.

Reply to to register or call 610-783-1777.

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Upgrade your membership to $100 Washington’s Guard and attend for free plus receive free admission to over 1,000 cultural organization throughout the US.

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Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

May 1 through October 31 Download log form:
Take the ’78 Mile Challenge!

The Valley Forge ’78 Mile Challenge encourages visitors to run, bike, hike, paddle, or walk along the park trails, roads, and waterways. After completing and recording the 78 miles, participants will receive a prize. «read more»