April Focus: Connecting People to their Park

CONNECT programs create avenues to disconnect from the daily grind and re-connect with nature and each other. These projects are built around different interest area and activities to help all citizens “find their park.”

Bike Repair Stations – You helped us purchase and install bike repair stations at Elkwallow (mile 24), Skyland (mile 41.7), Big Meadows (mile 51),and Loft Mountain (mile 79.5). The stations include tools for basic bike repairs and maintenance from changing a flat to adjusting brakes. Learn more

TRACK Trail – Donors to the Trust have now funded 3 kids adventure trails in the park! The newest trail is at the Fox Hollow trail and takes families on an activity filled journey to learn about the Fox Family that called that area home. Learn more here.

Ticket to Ride
– In a time when school budgets are tight and kids are spending less time outdoors, you helped us get over 5,000 local students to the park on field trips! Learn more here.


Centennial Youth Concerts – The hills were literally alive with the sound of music last year! You helped bring students to visit Shenandoah, and afterward Kid Pan Alley staff taught them to use songwriting to creatively express their experience. Learn more here.

Artist in Residence – Our national parks have long served as inspiration for artists. You helped us fund two Artists in Residence in 2016, including a unique project by Sound Artist, Dianne Ballon. Learn more here.

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher – Imagine as a young student learning that over your summer break your favorite Teacher became a Park Ranger! You helped us make that possible for special teachers last year, who not only assisted the park with creating new education programs, but will took what they learned back to countless students in their schools. Learn more here.