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Join Park Day as a site or a volunteer to maintain our nation's Civil War & Revolutionary War battlefields and historic sites.

Historic Site Managers

Park Day FAQ

Volunteer at sites nationwide

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 for any alternate dates and for further information.

2. Where do I register, I don’t see a link?

The Civil War Trust does not register volunteers; you must contact the site at which you wish to volunteer for this information, which may vary. Find a list of participating sites at

3. I don’t see the site I’d like to volunteer with listed, what do I do?

Have the site contact the Civil War Trust for information on how to register your site or share the link

4. How do I share about Park Day?

We’d love to see your pictures afterwards!

Please comment, like, and share your experience on our social media channels with #ParkDay2016:

5. 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.

6. 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?

For participating sites, Park Day has the potential to be an extremely rewarding and productive source of volunteer labor for the maintenance and upkeep of your site. Take advantage of volunteers’ efforts where your site needs it the most, whether it’s painting, planting trees, trail building, or something else.

In 2014, one hundred and five sites throughout the country participated in Park Day and had nearly 8,000 volunteers, donating over 32,000 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 4, 2016: Registration deadline to be listed in the Civil War Trust's membership magazine (sites registered after this can still participate)

February 2015 - TBD: Deadline for ordering t-shirts 

March 28, 2015: 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, 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. The number provided will be based on the volunteer estimate you provide us by February 2016 TBD.

5. How do I get Volunteers?

Park Day is all about getting volunteers from the surrounding community to come out and pitch-in to the preservation effort. You will find there are lots of volunteers in your area. Look for them in Civil War Roundtables/groups, local conservation groups, reenactment groups, churches, Scout troops and schools. 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: trash removal, landscaping, clearing brush, erecting or repairing fences, moving, setting up or taking down artillery, installing markers and interpretative signs, tree painting, building and clearing trails, and painting.

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?

A survey of your event will be requested.

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 #ParkDay2016:

More questions?

Please contact Molly Nesbitt at or 202-367-1861 x7228.


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