Current Projects

Together, we can bring these exciting initiatives to Shenandoah National Park.

  • Summer Camp


    In 2009, Shenandoah National Park established a cooperative agreement with Northern Virginia Community College to develop an ecology-based educational camp for urban and under-served youth. The project was named Camp SEED (Students Encouraging Environmental Discovery). The pilot program brought urban youth from Washington, DC to Shenandoah National Park for hikes, educational discussions and an overnight […]

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  • 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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  • Superintendent’s Discretionary Funds

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    The Trust has launched two new funds to benefit Shenandoah National Park.  #1 Expert in Residence This new fund will enable the park to hire scientists, cultural preservationists, or other experts they need to advance a project.  #2 Professional Development Shenandoah National Park employees dedicate their professional lives to maintaining and enhancing this magnificent place. […]

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  • Native Plants NOW!


    Native plant propagation is labor-intensive work. It requires identifying desirable native species, collecting seeds from them, germinating them in the park’s nursery and then hand-planting them. The park lacks the staffing to keep pace with this work. Currently, park staff are working in the nursery after hours and on their time off, which is not […]

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  • Kids in Parks


    Kids in Parks provides a network of family friendly trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “unplugged”, outdoors and reconnected with nature. Each TRACK Trail is marked with a special kiosk that provides information about the trail and stores brochures for self-guided adventures.  Kids earn prizes for […]

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  • Teacher – Ranger – Teacher Program


    The National Park Service strives to provide opportunities for all Americans to connect to their national heritage through the national parks. However, these opportunities are lacking for some children, often due to a variety of social and economic factors. The Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) Program offers a solution, by linking national parks with […]

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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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  • Pinnacles Research Lab Renovation


    The Civilian Conservation Corps was instrumental in creating Shenandoah National Park and many of its iconic features, including the 105-mile Skyline Drive. During the early years of the Park, CCC camps dotted the landscape. Today, only two CCC camp structures still stand in Shenandoah National Park. One is beyond repair, but the other was converted […]

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  • Forest Restoration

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    The Shenandoah National Park Trust is funding a multi-year initiative to help our national park control non-native, invasive plants and re-establish native species in high-priority areas of the park. Over 300 non-native plant species have invaded our park. These fast-growing plants—like tree of heaven, Japanese stilt grass and the aptly named mile-a-minute vine—out-compete native species and […]

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