News Category: Visitor Spotlight



    WE ARE VERY PLEASED to announce that The Shenandoah National Park Trust has been chosen as a participating organization for the 2015 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). This charitable giving campaign reaches more than 100,000 state employees each year, providing information and a vehicle to “automate” charitable giving via payroll deduction. These funds provide critical […]

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  • Denver Post Op Ed by Trustee Maureen Finnerty


    SNPT board member Maureen Finnerty has dedicated her career to the national parks, serving for over 30 years with the National Park Service (NPS) that included stints in its national and regional offices and serving as Superintendent of both Olympia and Everglades National Parks.  Maureen recently wrote a guest editorial for the Denver Post: “This is […]

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  • Summer Safari 2015


    Saturday, June 6  4:00 pm – 9:00 pm  Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA Summer Safari 2015 – Now in its fifth year, this much-anticipated gala co-hosted by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, Piedmont Environmental Council and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute celebrates Virginia’s Living Landscapes. The evening includes self-guided wildlife walks; opportunities to mingle […]

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  • Limberlost TRACK Trail opens October 25


    Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Trust donors Fran and Tom Butterfoss, Shenandoah National Park will have its first adventure trail, called a TRACK Trail, this fall.  Part of a national program called Kids in Parks, TRACK Trails are family-friendly trails that get kids “unplugged”, moving, and having fun outside.  Each TRACK Trail features a […]

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  • $10,000 match met!


    The Shenandoah National Park Trust has undertaken a three-year initiative to restore native trees and grasses in key portions of Shenandoah National Park. Our Native Plants Now! project will fund a native plants crew for three years, whose focus will be to propagate and plant 15,000 native trees and grasses in these areas. This is […]

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  • Banff Mountain Film Festival


    Banff Mountain Film Festival tickets on sale now and going fast!  Sunday, March 9th – 6:00 PM Monday, March 10th – 7:00 PM The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, VA Every year in November, the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada hosts a nine-day festival that features the world’s best mountain films. These superb movies feature rock climbing, […]

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  • Winter Wildlife in Shenandoah


    Make it a goal to visit Shenandoah in all four seasons. You won’t be disappointed. Winter is a special time in the park. Leafless trees provide unobstructed views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Virginia Piedmont. The air is crisp and clear. And snow on the ground reveals wildlife tracks you might otherwise miss. You’ll […]

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  • Your Gift at Work: Shenandoah in Your Classroom


    Many of the projects you help fund through gifts to the Trust serve youth in the national park. However, recognizing that school budgets and field trips are diminishing, you and other Trust supporters are helping funding projects like “Shenandoah in Your Classroom,” which brings the national park to area schools. Shenandoah in Your Classroom is […]

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  • Welcome Superintendent Jim Northup


    Shenandoah National Park’s new superintendent takes the helm this month. Jim comes to Shenandoah from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he has served as Superintendent since 2005. His 32-year career with the National Park Service also includes positions at Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Teton, Big Bend and Grand Canyon National Parks; […]

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  • Visitor Spotlight- Silvia Boosten

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      Q. You live in California but come to Shenandoah National Park regularly. Why? A: I first I came to Shenandoah in 1981. My father took me on a driving tour. We stopped at all the overlooks to take pictures. It was beautiful and peaceful. I continued the tradition by bringing my daughter here. I’ve been bringing her to […]

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  • Ken Burns: “National parks feed America’s soul”


    Renowned filmmaker Ken Burns recalls screening his highly acclaimed documentary The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea with President Obama. Hear Ken’s interview with USA Today, with personal stories Ken and the president shared as they spoke about their trips to our national parks—including Ken’s formative outing in Shenandoah.

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  • Summer Safari 2012


    NOTE:    We still have a few tickets available for $250 each, which can be purchased at the door the day of the event starting at 4:00 pm. Please bring a check made out to Shenandoah National Park Trust. If you have questions about the event, please contact Kate Hopkins at (813) 283-8186.  

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  • Visitor Spotlight- Gabriel Mapel


    What had you accomplished by the time you were 11? “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the violin? Long division? By the time Gabriel Mapel was 11, he was a published author and an award-winning photographer. And a whole lot more. This talented, charming young man from New Hope, Virginia wrote Oh No, Getrude— the true […]

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  • Visitor Spotlight

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    “Dear Shenandoah Park:  I am 7 years old and my family loves your park. Love, Sean Forsythe.” That was the hand-written note that accompanied two $5 bills addressed to the Trust.  The money came straight from Sean’s piggy bank. Sean lives in Richmond, Virginia with his parents and little brother, Patrick. Avid outdoorsmen and travelers, […]

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  • Visitor Spotlight


    Manuel Lerdau first visited Shenandoah in 1975 on his fifth grade field trip to Old Rag Mountain.  He was hooked from that day on.   In the early 1990s, Manuel went backpacking in Shenandoah with his girlfriend, a Utah native, to prove to her that “we had real mountains here and a quiet beauty and […]

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