Shenandoah National Park Trust donors are helping to fund the park’s first climate change education program. The program is based on research currently underway on the potential impacts of climate change on the park’s high-elevation species, starting with the Shenandoah salamander—a species found nowhere else on earth except three mountains in Shenandoah National Park!
The first climate change podcast will be posted on the park’s website this spring. A second podcast is scheduled for later this year, as well as new features on the park’s website. You’ll also notice park rangers talking about climate change in upcoming interpretive and educational programs—including a new evening campfire program that will highlight the story of the Shenandoah salamander as Shenandoah’s climate change indicator species. The classroom component of the program will be developed over the next year and piloted in a Virginia school.