2019 Natural Resources Programs

The park's Natural Resources staff will offer hikes and talks throughout the year.



View of lower town Harpers Ferry from Loudoun Heights
View of lower town Harpers Ferry from Loudoun Heights

NPS Photo/Volunteer H. Mills

Loudoun Heights Hike

Date: April 22, 2019
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Lower Town, The Green
Length: 5 hours
Description: Join park rangers for an 8-mile, 5 hour round trip hike to Split Rock, learning about the history of the mountain along the way. This is a strenuous hike and proper footwear is required. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is required by calling 304-535-6038.

The Birds of Virginius Island

Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Lower Town, The Green
Description: Step outside onto today’s nature-filled Virginius Island for a bird-watching hike with Deb Hale, a local birding enthusiast and volunteer of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and see if you can spy a few of the 170 bird species of Harpers Ferry as you follow trails that weave past factory ruins and canals. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration is required be calling 304-535-2908.


2019 Harpers Ferry Night Sky Festival

Date: July 12, 2019
Description: A core part of the NPS mission is to conserve the scenery of the nation’s majestic natural settings and historic landscapes, which includes the night sky. Join us for stargazing and an opportunity to learn more about the importance of protecting the night sky. Festival begins with a guest speaker and kids activities, followed by star gazing activities after dusk at the Murphy-Chambers Farm.
Times and Locations:
7:00 - 8:00: "Exploring the Night Sky in Your Own Backyard" Guest Speaker, Astrophotographer and Night Sky Enthusiast, Dr. Joyce Harman, Harpers Ferry Middle School Auditorium (1710 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425). Admission is free.
7:00 - 8:00: Kids' Program at the Harpers Ferry Middle School Cafeteria (1710 W Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425). Ages 5-12. Admission is free but please RSVP to 304-535-2301 in order to ensure adequate supplies.
Dusk - 11:00 pm: Star gazing activities after dusk at the nearby Murphy-Chambers Farm. Learn about the history of the Murphy-Chambers Farm and the NPS efforts to preserve it. View the night sky through telescopes or with the naked eye! Explore the craters of the moon and ponder the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! No astronomy experience required. Hobbyists welcome to bring their own telescopes and are encouraged to share their views. Not ADA accessible. Please no pets. This outdoor program is weather dependent and subject to cancellation on short notice. Inclement weather date for stargazing is Sat, July 13, 2019, dusk to 11 pm.

Plant Them and They Will Come

Date: July 15, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Camp Hill, Anthony Library
Description: Learn about the importance of native pollinators, the few simple steps to plant and maintain a garden, and how a national park manages this type of resource within sensitive historic cultural landscapes.

Side view of monarch butterfly on small white flowers.
Monarch butterfly on small white flowers

NPS Photo/Holtslander

Last updated: July 8, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
National Park Service
PO Box 65

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


(304) 535-6029

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