November is a great month to visit a national park. There is still one national park free entrance day for the year, which will be on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2014; and there are a lot of events happening despite the quiet season.
From Emancipation Day celebrations to cave tours, and downrigging weekends there is a lot going on in the National Parks this November.
Maryland 150th Emancipation Day Commemoration - Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland
In Maryland on November 1, 1864, enslaved African Americans were declared now and forever more free.
Join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 to celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in Maryland
Schedule of Events:
1 PM - Meet in mansion’s parking lot. Led by African drummers and dancers, public will walk to the cemetery on site. Dressed in period clothing, Nat’l Park Ranger Anokwale will give voice to those forced into servitude on the Hampton estate by sharing some of their history.
2 PM - Gifted griot and storyteller, Janice Greene will give a soul stirring portrayal of Harriet Tubman in front of the overseer’s house located on the farm site.
2:45-3:15 PM - On farm site, Keur Khaleyi African Dance Co. will honor the ancestors who gave their blood, sweat and tears with drumming and dance.
3:15 - 4 PM - Guided tours of the slave quarters, overseer’s house and dairy.
Date: 1-4PM on November 1, 2014
Location: Hampton National HIstoric Site: 535 Hampton Lane, Towson.
More Information: Admission is free, reservations are not required, and events are handicap accessible.
For more information visit Hampton national Historic Parks' website.
2014 Downrigging Weekend - Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts
Join the Essex county sailing community with Salem's first annual Downrigging Weekend on November 1-2, 2014. The Salem Downrigging Weekend is a celebration of the end of the sailing season, maritime culture, wooded boats and the sailing heritage of the Essex county. The two-day event features half-price public sails on the schooners Thomas Lannon, Ardelle, and Fame; and downrigging demonstrations aboard Friendship.
Events include public sails, live demonstrations, films, Q&A sessions with captains, ship tours and more! Public sails require a reservation and fee, but all other activities are free and open to the public.
Dates: November 1-2, 2014
More information: View the complete schedule online at www.nps.gov/sama. Make sail reservations online for all vessels via Schooner FAME atwww.zerve.com/SchoonerFame/Downri
Location: All vessels will be docked at Salem Maritime National Historic Site (173 Derby Street) or Pickering Wharf Marina (23 Congress Street). The free film screenings will be held in St. Joseph Hall, 2nd floor. (160 Derby Street).
Cave Tours of the Mammoth Caves - Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
If you want to feel you have the park all to yourself come take a winter hike or enjoy a back country campsite free of charge. While the surface may be subject to winter's chill, the cave becomes a warm refuge from the frosted forest. Come and explore the calm and quietness in nature that cannot be found under any roof. The schedules change, but the Frozen Niagara Tour, Historic Tour, Domes and Dripstones, Gothic Avenue Tour, and Wild Cave Tour are still available on the weekends through winter.
Dates: November 3 2014 - March 13, 2015
Location: Mammoth Caves National Park Visitor's Center
More Information: Visit Mammoth Caves National Park's website for more information on weekend tours, schedule, and fees
Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Rangers lead two-hour snowshoe hikes discussing various aspects of winter ecology. Participants must wear snowshoes because of the deep snow along the route. Free snowshoes are provided. There is a 30 person limit on each walk, and a minimum age of 8 years.
Dates: Walks take place every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. from late November (snow permitting) through the end of April.
More Information: For more information visit the park's website. Sign up in advance by calling (541) 594-3100. Snowshoe walks can also be arranged for organized groups (like scout troops, church groups, or hiking clubs) of 10 people or more. Call (541) 594-3093 in advance to make arrangements for these group walks.