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Calendar at a Glance – Upcoming Events

7/11 VFPA Night at Washington Memorial Chapel Carillon Concert. Rain or shine event.
8/22 VFPA Crayfish Corps Day • advance registration required
9/11 VFPA bus trip to the Museum of the American Revolution • Fee required
9/29 National Public Lands Day
10/18 VFPA tour of Stoneleigh Mansion & Gardens, 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.

Upcoming Topics

July 17 Dr. Bonnie Koo, a Board Certified Dermatologist • Overview about skin cancer, who is at risk, and how to protect your skin

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 pre-fixe menu luncheon at the historic City Tavern Restaurant follows at noon. During lunch, Park Superintendent Steve Simms 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, pre-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 Mansion & Garden Tour

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 Mansion and Gardens, 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.

About Stoneleigh: The Tudor Revival-style home that stands today was built in 1900 with a gradual transformation of the grounds by the prestigious landscape architecture firm, the Olmstead Brothers of Massachusetts. For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever. After much preparation, planning, and planting, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden opened to the public in May of 2018. «read more»

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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»