Recently Completed Projects

  • Ticket To Ride

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    Across the country, school budgets are shrinking. As a result, field trips are less abundant. This is especially true for Title I schools. Many urban and under-served kids never get to roam very far from their immediate surroundings.  Their life experiences are limited.  For these children, a trip to a national park can be life-changing. […]

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  • New Junior Ranger Program


    Junior Ranger is designed to get elementary school-aged children exploring the park with a Park Ranger and their families.  Currently, Shenandoah’s Junior Ranger Program consists of an introductory, educational talk, led by a Park Ranger, and a workbook. When the child has completed the workbook and has it checked by a Park Ranger, the Ranger […]

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  • Benches at Lewis Mountain


    Shenandoah National Park does an excellent job interpreting the history of Lewis Mountain, which was the segregated portion of the park in the 1930s. However, the park had no gathering or seating area for public programs at Lewis Mountain Campground.  The Shenandoah National Park Trust was happy to support a local Eagle Scout candidate in […]

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  • Shenandoah in Your Classroom


    Shenandoah National Park is a spectacular “living classroom,” used by thousands of schoolchildren and their teachers every year. However, as school budgets and associated field trip budgets are cut, many students will not have the opportunity to get to the park. To counter this, the Shenandoah National Park Trust is enabling our park to develop an  elementary […]

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  • Internships

    Internships in Shenandoah National Park provide excellent opportunities for young adults to work side-by-side with Park Rangers and gain valuable skills for a future career in conservation and/or education. The interns we support receive training in education program creation and delivery, National Park Service mission and management, and other Shenandoah-specific resource and operations subjects.  

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  • Climate Change Education Program


    Encompassing nearly 200,000 acres and harboring an incredibly diverse array of wildlife and plant species, Shenandoah National Park has much at stake in terms of the impacts of climate change. In collaboration with the US Geological Service, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the University of Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is conducting a multi-year research initiative […]

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  • Shenandoah’s 75th Anniversary

    In July 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled to Big Meadows to dedicate Shenandoah National Park. To commemorate the 75h anniversary of the dedication in 2011, a year-long celebration is in the works. The all-volunteer planning committee comprises representatives from the national park and its nonprofit partner groups (including the Trust), tourism bureaus, Chambers of Commerce, […]

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  • Junior Ranger

    Shenandoah’s popular Junior Ranger program gets kids, aged 7-12, out in the park with a ranger to learn about myriad topics. After completing a series of courses, each Junior Ranger receives a highly coveted badge. An additional grant from the Trust helped launch Ranger Explorer, an educational program for children aged 13 and up.

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  • Old Rag View Overlook Restoration

    The Trust helped fund an “extreme makeover” for one of the most popular overlooks in the park. Features include hardwood guardrails that hearken back to the chestnut guardrails initially installed by the CCC in the 1930s.

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  • Mount Vernon Emergency Stabilization Plan

      This iron furnace may have supplied iron ore to James Madison’s iron works in the 18th century, making it one of the most significant historic features in the park, worthy of a unique interpretive program. However, the structure is deteriorating and in need of emergency stabilization. The Shenandoah National Park Trust provided a grant […]

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  • Search & Rescue Equipment for Old Rag Mountain

    A grant from the Trust allowed the park to establish a cache of search and rescue equipment near the summit of Old Rag Mountain, one of the most hiked peaks in the park. This has enabled park rangers to reach injured hikers much more quickly.

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  • Our Changing World

    Many park visitors are unaware of Shenandoah’s air pollution challenges—until a hiking alert is issued on a “bad air” day. Emissions from coal-fired power plants and industries blow into the park and settle on the land and water. The pollution is affecting air quality, visibility, native fish and vegetation. It also can jeopardize the health of […]

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