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 part of the National Park Service’s “Parks as Classrooms” initiative, which promotes parks as learning laboratories in an effort to inspire and educate the next generation of national park stewards.
Thanks to you, Shenandoah National Park is currently developing “Shenandoah National Park: Gem of the Blue Ridge Region of Virginia.” The curriculum will comply with Virginia Standards of Learning and will be cross-disciplinary–and will be taught to students by a Shenandoah National Park Ranger, right in their very own classroom. The program includes research and other preparatory activities prior to the Park Ranger in-class component, and follow-up activities, as well. The park will field-test the curriculum in area schools this fall with the goal of putting Rangers in classrooms starting Spring 2014. Thank you for supporting this exciting endeavor!