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Sign up for the Morven Park Field Trip at NCDD 2014

We are excited to share an invitation from Abby Pfisterer, a member of our conference planning team, to join her for another great field trip during NCDD 2014 to Morven Park! Find out more below and read more about our field trips by clicking here or sign up here.

Join us during NCDD 2014 for a field trip to Morven Park on Saturday evening and explore a hidden gem in DC’s metro area! Located in Leesburg, Morven Park is a 200 year old historic mansion that has been a home of political leaders from the days of the early republic through the beginning of the 20th century. It’s the perfect setting to relax after a busy (and invigorating!) second day at the conference – plus there will be local wines to try.

I’ve been a part of Morven Park’s educational team for several years, and what I love is that it’s more than just a place for interesting history and wide open spaces. The story and the site are the base for the exciting and forward looking programs we get to create and share with our community.

One of my favorite initiatives here is our Center for Civic Impact, which teaches K-12 youth how to be active and thoughtful citizens. But there is also a small farm (home to the presidentially pardoned Thanksgiving turkeys), equestrian center, athletic complex, and three museums. To me, it is a place to come together to explore spaces and ideas.

We’d love to share this site and story with those of you traveling from outside the DC region and locals too. We have a mansion tour lined up that looks at the civic activism of the last owner – a former governor of Virginia, and then a chance to enjoy the view with wine, food, and good discussion. The topic – from rural to urban, and where dialogue fits in – is based on the history you’ll hear on the tour as well as the fact the Morven Park sits squarely on a dividing line between town and country. I have a feeling many of you will have similar stories to share!

The cost is $25 to cover transportation and food. We’ll head out at 4:30pm and take buses for the 25 minute drive to Morven Park. It will be a lot of fun – so sign up today!

Thanks! – Abby

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An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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