Find the answers to your questions about Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help maintain Civil War — and now Revolutionary War — battlefields and historic sites.
FAQs for Volunteers
1. When is Park Day?
The official date for Park Day 2016 is Saturday, April 2nd. However, check the our list of participating sites at Civilwar.org/parkday for any alternate dates and for further information.
2. Where do I register?
If you’d like to stay in the loop as sites register, please sign up here for updates. The Civil War Trust does not register volunteers; you must directly contact the site at which you wish to volunteer for this information. The list of participating sites will be online in January, and will be continually updated up until April 1st.
3. I don’t see the site I’d like to volunteer with listed, what do I do?
We would love to have them register and participate in Park Day 2017! Please encourage the site to register online at Civilwar.org/parkday, or contact Molly Nesbitt (202-367-1861 x 7228 / email@example.com) for more information.
Please also feel free to share the following information with the site:
Park Day is an annual hands-on volunteer event to help Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields and historic sites shine their brightest. Individual sites receive support from the Trust— including guidance on promotional tactics, advice on how to secure material donations from local businesses, and thank you gifts for volunteers — but have total control of project details. Popular types of activities include routine grounds keeping, fence and trail maintenance, painting, and more. Learn more about Park Day and how to register online at www.civilwar.org/parkday!
4. Can I bring my family and friends?
Yes, please! Park Day is open to all history enthusiasts, young and old. Check with your particular site to make sure the planned activities are ability- appropriate.
5. How do I share about Park Day?
We’d love to see your photos and videos throughout the day and afterwards! Please comment, like, and share your experience on our social media channels using #ParkDay2017:
6. Is there a rain date for Park Day?
Park Day is a nation-wide event, and as such, the weather may vary. Individual sites may have their own rain date and weather policy. Please contact the site at which you would like to volunteer for more information.
7. How do I get a t-shirt?
The Civil War Trust coordinates with each registered sites for an estimate of the number of volunteers, and passes these along to be handed out at the site on Park Day. T-shirts in assorted sizes are given out on a first come, first served basis. Quantities may be limited.
FAQs for Historic Sites and Site Managers
1. Do I have to hold my Park Day event on the official date?
No. Due to a variety of reasons (weather, conflict with other events, etc.) some sites hold their event on an alternate date.
2. How does Park Day benefit my site? Why should I participate?
Park Day has the potential to be an extremely rewarding and productive source of volunteer labor for the maintenance and upkeep of your site, as well as an opportunity to promote your site and its unique history. Take advantage of volunteers’ efforts where your site needs it the most, whether it’s painting, planting trees, trail building, or something else.
In 2016, one hundred and thirty sites throughout the country participated in Park Day, bringing nearly 6,000 volunteers and donating over 24,000 man-hours. We hope to further increase participation at Park Day sites again this year!
3. How do I register?
Complete the registration form for consideration. The Civil War Trust will contact you with more information and resources.
Important registration dates:
January 13, 2017: Registration deadline to be listed in the Civil War Trust's membership magazine (sites registered after this can still participate)
February 10, 2017: Deadline for ordering t-shirts
March 28, 2017: Registration deadline to be listed on the Civil War Trust's website and officially participate in Park Day
4. What do I get from the Civil War Trust when I register?
The Civil War Trust will provide the information you will need for organizing and hosting your Park Day event, soliciting volunteers, getting media coverage, and working with the Trust to promote the event. You will also receive templates for Volunteer Sign-in, a Site-specific Press Release and a Letter to Businesses.
The Trust will post your site information for volunteers on our site at Civilwar.org/parkday, where it will be available to our 55,000 members, 200,000 Facebook fans, and others.
The Trust will also provide free Park Day t-shirts in assorted sizes and a copy of the Civil War Trust’s award-winning magazine, Hallowed Ground, for your volunteers. Certain sites will also receive Civil War Trust maps to pass out, if applicable. The number provided will be based on the volunteer estimate you provide us by February 10, 2017.
5. How do I get Volunteers?
Park Day is all about getting volunteers from the surrounding community to come out and pitch in. You will find there are lots of volunteers in your area, willing to help. Look for them in Civil War Roundtables/groups, local conservation groups, reenactment groups, churches, Scout troops, and local elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. For many school-aged volunteers, it’s a great way to earn volunteer hours! Post on your social media sites. Obtaining media coverage in local newspapers and TV news is a great way to garner volunteers — and gain attention about your site afterwards.
6. How do I take advantage of the volunteer labor?
Where do you need help the most? In the past, other sites have used Park Day for activities such as: landscaping, clearing brush, trash removal, erecting or repairing fences, moving, setting up or taking down artillery, installing markers and interpretative signs, tree planting, building and clearing trails, and painting.
Please be as detailed as possible about what your volunteers will be doing, and also please remember to take into account volunteers that may be children or elderly – there should be something for everyone to do!
7. Will I my site get media coverage?
The Trust will release national and state-level press releases regarding Park Day. We will provide you with information and tips about how to gain other media coverage for your site.
8. Is there a rain date for Park Day?
Park Day is a nation-wide event, and as such, the weather may vary. We encourage individual sites to schedule and/or announce a rain date, as they see fit.
9. What if I didn’t have enough t-shirts?
We can’t order more, but many times other sites have extras; we move them around, as needed. Assorted sizes will be provided.
10. What happens afterwards?
Send us your photos, videos, sign-in sheets, and any memorable stories from the day! A survey of your event will be requested as well, so we can try to continue improving for next year.
11. I took some great photos and was featured in media coverage, how do I share this with the Civil War Trust?
Please share your successes on our social media channels with #ParkDay2017:
Please contact Molly Nesbitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-367-1861 x7228.