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Partners in the Parks: Harpers Ferry/Capitol Hill – for Faculty, Alumni, Students
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Partners in the Parks: Harpers Ferry/Capitol Hill – for Faculty, Alumni, Students

Open to all faculty/staff, PITP alumni, and students

 Export to Your Calendar 7/17/2020 to 7/21/2020
When: July 17-21, 2020
Where: Harpers Ferry/Capitol Hill
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Please read the following before registering:

Affiliating yourself with your institution

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Institutional, Professional, or Student Membership, and/or have not attended an NCHC program in the past year, you may not be in our new software system yet!

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You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for the intended institute.

(If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please proceed as a "Guest.")

*Members receive a 50% discount on NCHC Partners in the Parks registration pricing!

Questions? Contact the NCHC office at (402) 472-9150 or

Institution Limitation for Participants

At the maximum, only two students from any one institution will be allowed to participate on an individual trip. If you are unsure if other students from your institution are signed up for the trip, please check with your school's honors office, or send an e-mail to 


Mandatory Documentation

This year, when you register, you will be required to turn in 3 forms stating your acknowledgement of different NCHC policies while you are a participant on your potential trip. To save you some time while registering, we recommend downloading these files now, digitally or physically signing them, and have them ready to be uploaded with your application.



Tentative Schedule


Thursday – participants should fly in to Dulles Airport Thursday night.

Friday morning – Shuttle to Harpers Ferry or Shepherdstown, WV.

Individuals who are located within driving distance could drive directly to either location.




Recreation: Programming around site location Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Appalachian Trail, C&O National Historic Trail programming.

Evening – In true Partners in the Parks tradition the evening circle chat would be maintained.

Depending on size this may include a jam session, talent show, coffeehouse, and storytelling.



Workshop on upcoming legislation related to NPS and public lands

Alumni generated programming – a good way to benefit and capture what work the Partners in the Parks alumni have been up to.

Evening – circle chat, jam session, talent show, storytelling



Workshop on developing and clarifying our message, practicing for Monday’s meetings.

Coordination of pairs/teams of individuals and Monday schedule of appointments

Evening – circle chat, early to be for early rising to travel to D.C.



Sight-seeing around Washington D.C. including Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, and the Lincoln Memorial.



Train from Harper’s Ferry to Union Station; walk to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and Congressmen from our respective states/districts to advocate for the national parks.

End of day – Group takes Metro-Silver line to its Reston terminus. A group dinner would be organized at a site in the Dulles area and end of project “presentations” sharing/reporting out on the day’s visits on the Hill. We’ll set up a block of hotel rooms to be individually reserved near the airport for those flying in.



NCTC provides a meal plan that is incorporated into the overall use of their facilities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner would be provided through NCTC’s facilities.



Program Size 20 Participants
NCHC Member Price $750 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1500 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register May 17, 2020









If you have any questions regarding your trip specifically, please contact your trip facilitator listed below. They will be sending you more information regarding what to pack, and any supplies you may need for your trip.


Trip Facilitator

Christina McIntyre, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip departure date.

  • Received prior to 30 days before trip departure:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days before trip departure:            No refunds granted

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