Frequently Asked Questions

The Trust was established in 2004 as a project of the National Park Foundation, the congressionally chartered charity of the National Park Service. Bequests to the National Park Foundation from two individuals, earmarked to support Shenandoah National Park, serves as seed funding to launch our group within the foundation. In 2007, the Trust separated from the foundation and established itself as an independent nonprofit organization. The $2 million seed funding became our Board-designated Endowment and ensured a strong footing for our young group.

SNPT is the official philanthropic partner of Shenandoah National Park Trust. We raise funds to support priority projects and programs in the park, such as:

  • Protecting wildlife and wild lands
  • Advancing scientific research
  • Restoring and preserving nationally significant historic assets
  • Providing extraordinary recreation experiences
  • Inspiring and educating the next generation of conservationists and national park stewards

You can order one at any Virginia DMV office or through the DMV website.

Both types of plates cost your regular registration fee plus $25 (personalized plates are an additional $10).

$15 of  every sale or plate renewal comes back to support SNPT, and is tax-deductible.

Yes indeed! Please on our donation form, you can select Recurring Donation to show your support every month.

The Shenandoah National Park Association operates the book stores in the park’s visitor centers. A portion of their sales support education and interpretation programs in the park.

SNP Trust touches every aspect of the park we all enjoy. We help protect what you love about Shenandoah National Park, while creating programs to inspire the next generation of national park stewards.

As the official philanthropic partner to Shenandoah National Park, the Trust invests in programs and initiatives that help ensure Shenandoah remains a crown jewel of the Park Service, an economic driver for the region and a national treasure for all to enjoy for generations to come.

SNPT holds donor events in the park and in neighboring communities. They are listed on our website and on our Facebook page.

SNP Trust has funded volunteer coordinator positions in the park since 2016. From trail maintenance to pulling invasive plants species to protecting native plants, if you have an interest in volunteering in Shenandoah email us at

The Trust supports many facets of youth education. We provide local school kids with transportation to Shenandoah National Park to engage with interpretive rangers. For children who cannot make it to Shenandoah National Park we provide funding to support virtual programming to bring the park to them. We also provide workshops and professional development for teachers to further increase the park’s reach in educating the next generation of park stewards.

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