Programs & Events

  • Plant a Tree at Flight 93 - 2017 Event Information

    Back for a 6th year, our annual reforestation event will take place at Flight 93 National Memorial on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 from 8-2pm! Approximately 500 volunteers are needed to partner with forestry professionals to help plant thousands of tree seedlings across 17 acres of memorial ground. 

    Event Information - Corporate teams and public welcome! 

    On May 19 and May 20, 2017, approximately 500 volunteers will converge at Flight 93 National Memorial to work with forestry professionals to plant thousands of tree seedlings across 17 acres of memorial landscape. Planting for the future, these seedlings will help improve wildlife habitats and ecosystems, and restore the former acid mine land to its natural landscape.

    By planting these seedlings, participants are helping to create the memorial landscape meant to forever honor the actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. For the 6th year in a row, the Friends of Flight 93 and the National Park Service will partner with local sponsors and donors to host the reforestation project. Registration cost is FREE and includes t-shirt, lunch, water bottle and Friends’ membership. Plant a Tree public registration will open on April 14, 2017

    This year’s planting efforts will take us one step closer to the goal of planting over 150,000 new seedlings that will grow to create a windbreak for the 40 Memorial Groves, improve wildlife habitats, and restore the land to its pre-mining appearance.  

    Information You Need to Know Before Registering:  

    -All tree planters must pre-register individually, with a maximum of 15 per team. The number of volunteers is limited and no walk-on volunteers are permitted on the event day. Registration will open in April and close when all tree-planting spots are full. Every year there is a wait list to plant; if your plans change and you can no longer participate, please contact us so we can open the spot for another volunteer!

    - Plan to arrive at the site between 8-8:30am for registration and stay until at least 2 PM, or until all the seedlings have been planted. Registration will close at 9am before brief remarks and an orientation before plant teams are assembled.

    -If you are part of an organization or business that is attending as a group, please list the name of the organization or business when registering so we can place everyone on the same team. 

    -All tree planters must be age 14 or older. Sorry, there are no exceptions! Participants between the ages of 14 and 17 must complete a “Volunteer Service Agreement,” signed by a parent or legal guardian.

     -This is a rain-snow-or-shine event. In the event of severe hazardous weather, the National Park Service reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event.

     -The planting areas have been plowed and are very uneven and rocky and may be muddy. Some walking is required to reach the planting site. Please be sure you are able to work in these conditions for a full day. All participants must wear boots, and prepare to get muddy!

    Plant a Tree at Flight 93 is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, the National Park Foundation, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial and many generous donors. 


  • Walk 93

    2017 Walk Information!

    The Friends of Flight 93 are partnering with Leadership Somerset County for the third annual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 30, 2017!

    Join the Friends of Flight 93, Somerset Leadership and the National Park Service for the third annual memorial walk at Flight 93!

    September 30, 2017 - Please join us in participating in the 3rd annual Walk 93!

    The Friends of Flight 93 are partnering with Leadership Somerset County for the third annual Walk 93 at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 30, 2017!

    Participants will come together for a guided Ranger walk along the 2.28 mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge, and Western Overlook Trail where they were be able to learn about the story of Flight 93 along the way. Participants are able to tour the Visitor’s Center from 8am-9am before the walk begins. Walk 93 will be held in conjuction with Public Lands Day this year to celebrate our national park and stewardship to the 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93. 

    Proceeds from the walk registration and fundraising efforts this year will go towards the development and construction of the Temporary Memorial Trail at Flight 93 National Memorial. All participants are welcome, and families are encouraged to walk together.

    This public walk helps raise awareness about Flight 93 National Memorial as a place to honor the passengers and crew whose actions prevented an attack on our nation’s capital on September 11, 2001.