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  • Getaways and Culinary Tastings

    Shenandoah National Park’s new concessioner, Delaware North Companies (DNC), is kicking off its first season in the Park with special lodging packages and some regularly scheduled culinary treats. The Spring Getaway package offers reduced rates for a mid-week stay, including room, breakfast, and gratuities.  The Shenandoah Spectacular package offers a third night free with purchase […]

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  • Ken Burns Loves Shenandoah

    Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns celebrated our national parks with his stunning series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Did you know that Shenandoah was Ken’s first national park experience? At an event the Trust co-hosted with WVPT a while back, Ken recounted his challenging childhood, when his mother was gravely ill and his relationship with […]

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  • Restoring Your Forest: A Matching Grant Opportunity

    Don’t be fooled by a pretty name.Multiflora rose sounds sweet, but the truth is, this plant is one of over 300 non-native species that has invaded Shenandoah National Park–choking out native species, diminishing biodiversity and altering wildlife habitat and food sources. Controlling invasive plants is one of our park’s greatest challenges.With generous support from individual […]

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  • What Does Sequestration Mean for National Parks?

    National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has instructed Park Service directors to prepare for a 5 percent budget cut in anticipation of a sequester, should Congress be unable to reach a deficit-reduction agreement by March 1. Coming on the heels of 6 percent in cuts over the last two years–and 15 percent over the past […]

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  • New Superintendent Named for Shenandoah National Park

    We are pleased to report that a new Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park has been selected. Jim Northup will take the helm, succeeding Martha Bogle, who retired in December. Jim has served as Superintendent of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and various positions in Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton, Big Bend and […]

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  • Loft Mountain: a new vision

    The Shenandoah National Park Trust is working with the National Park Service to re-envision the Loft Mountain Wayside Area, mile post 79.5 on Skyline Drive. Loft Mountain serves as a hub in the park’s South District, with its popular campground, numerous trail heads, amphitheater and wayside restaurant. What Loft Mountain lacks, however, is an attractive […]

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  • For the love of ginseng

    Wild ginseng has long been coveted in Native American and Asian cultures  for its presumed medicinal properties. More recently, it has been touted as a valuable herbal remedy in the U.S. Wild ginseng has been harvested to the edge of extinction in China. This fact, coupled with a growing demand domestically, has catapulted prices for […]

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  • Progress report

    Thanks to the support of our generous donors, the Shenandoah National Park Trust funded your park’s first climate change education program this year. The park developed great materials, including a new ranger talk, a visual presentation shown at park amphitheaters, podcasts and a special art project celebrating the endangered Shenandoah Salamander, the subject of Shenandoah’s climate […]

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  • Changes at Shenandoah

    We reported last month that Shenandoah National Park Superintendent, Martha Bogle, will retire at the end of the year. The National Park Service is currently reviewing job applications and we hope to have a new superintendent in place by spring. The restaurants, lodges and gift shops in the park will also be under new management. […]

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  • Winter Hiking

    Winter is a beautiful time to hike in Shenandoah. Leafless trees and clear skies provide unobstructed views. Fresh snow reveals animal tracks. And, sometimes, it can feel like you have the entire park to yourself. If you are planning a winter trip to Shenandoah, first visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/shen for any weather-related alerts, […]

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  • Shenandoah’s deer at risk

      If you’ve been to Big Meadows recently, you may have noticed ear tags or radio collars on some of the deer. The National Park Service is monitoring deer in anticipation of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). CWD is a neurological disease that is typically fatal to white-tailed deer. The disease is widespread in the western […]

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  • Superintendent Martha Bogle retires

    After four years as Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, Martha Bogle will retire next month. Martha has dedicated more than 30 years to the National Park Service, beginning as a seasonal park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She went on to assume posts in 10 other national parks, including Everglades National Park, Virgin […]

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  • Hundred Mile Club Featured Hikes:

    Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Furnace Mountain This  7-mile hike starts and finishes with a traverse of the open talus slopes of Blackrock and offers 360- degree views of the southern mountains. From Blackrock, we’ll ascend a shoulder of Trayfoot Mountain,  before descending 600′ and ascending 600′ to the summit of Furnace Mountain. This is one […]

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  • Eels!

      When you think of Shenandoah’s wildlife, what comes to mind? Black bear, deer, songbirds for sure. Now you can add eel to that list. Eight years after the Army Corps of Engineers breached the Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River, eels are returning to Shenandoah’s waters. These long, skinny fish spawn in the Sargasso […]

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  • Essential Friends Magazine

    The National Parks Traveler has published a terrific magazine highlighting the critical role national park “friends groups” play in supporting these magnificent places. We’re honored to be the first featured group.  Read your copy here.

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