Revisiting National Park Week 2021

What a Week!

We had a great time sharing all things Shenandoah during National Park Week. From our free Virtual Field Trips to special feature stories and photo journeys, we hope you enjoyed National Park Week as much as we did.

See a few highlights below, and be sure to follow us on social media to see the full week of stories (links at bottom of page).

FEE-FREE DAY @ SNP 

With a 15.2% increase in Shenandoah National Park visitation in 2020, it’s clear that Shenandoah has a lot to offer.

We shared your adventure stories on this day. If you want to send us your stories and photos, see our Visit page for more information, HERE

SHENANDOAH PARTNERSHIPS

We work alongside some of the most incredible partner organizations to amplify their missions, whether that’s maintaining and protecting our public lands or facilitating park access for their members.

Read “REI Co-op puts values into local action,” a special blog post written by REI Co-op, HERE

APRIL 19 – KEEPING BEARS WILD 

Shenandoah has a robust bear population, but it takes all of us to keep them safe and healthy. Learn about the efforts Shenandoah National Park makes each season to protect its black bear population and create safer viewing opportunities for the public.

Read “Bear Witness” a special blog post from wildlife photographer, Tyler Reber, HERE

ART IN THE PARK

With the Trust-funded Artist-in-Residence program, artists live and work in the park for three-week sessions and engage park visitors in public programs. This Virtual Field Trip celebrated Art in the Park during National Park Week with Artists-in-Residence from over the past few years. We experienced their work virtually and talk about the intersection of visual art, music, and other forms of expression in Shenandoah.

SHENANDOAH’S LEGACY 

Shenandoah’s history also boasts the first national park to host the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The 10,000 CCC boys who lived and worked in Shenandoah National Park from 1933 – 1942 built campgrounds, picnic grounds, trails and much of the infrastructure visitors still rely on. Civil rights is also part of Shenandoah’s history; Lewis Mountain in the park’s Central District was the segregated area of the park from 1935 to 1950.

Learn more about the historical legacy of Shenandoah National Park and the future of conservation supported by the Trust.

Learn about Shenandoah history

DIGITAL EARTH DAY 

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a digital version that connected everyone outdoors across the globe.

The Trust hosted a free virtual event alongside Blue Ridge PRISM and Shenandoah National Park.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION DAY

For years, the Trust has funded youth education programs for a variety of elementary school programs in the park, to job opportunities in the park’s education department. Last year, our donors helped fund an increased need for virtual class offerings, giving students in Virginia, Ohio, and even California a chance to access Shenandoah’s wildlife and natural wonders.

Watch a few videos from Ben Johnson, one of Shenandoah’s education techs, funded by SNP Trust donors like you:

And be sure to read his story, “Conservation Extends Beyond the Bounds of Shenandoah NP” on our blog, HERE.

NATIONAL JUNIOR RANGER DAY 

Show our youth the power of the outdoors by introducing them to the Junior Ranger program! Children can earn a badge from Shenandoah National Park, or by participating virtually with SNP Trust by becoming a Shenandoah Virtual Ranger.

For National Junior Ranger Day, we sent photographer Chris Rief and his daughter/adventure buddy Quinn (5) to Limberlost Trail to explore the Kids in Park TRACK Trail. They also met up with some park ranger friends along the way! Read “Let’s Explore Limberlost” on our blog.

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