Core to the SNP Trust’s mission is to help preserve and protect the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality and distinctive cultural resources of Shenandoah National Park for the inspiration and enjoyment of all generations.
Shenandoah has a robust bear population, but it takes all of us to keep them safe and healthy. Improperly stored or disposed of food attracts bears, putting visitors and bears in potentially harmful situations. Bears learn where to find easy food sources, and they will return time and time again. This behavior can force the park to label them “nuisance” bears. Nuisance bears must be trapped and relocated to remote regions. Nuisance bears that find their way back to humans’ food or trash may face more dire consequences.
SNP Trust supports the Education Program operation at Shenandoah National Park to provide a broad range of recreational, educational, and service-learning experiences in Shenandoah National Park for youth through adult audiences.
The goals of Play, Learn, Serve is to provide meaningful national park experiences for audiences of all ages that instill a love and appreciation for Shenandoah National Park and national parks in general.
SNP Trust works to make sure all visitors to the park have the experience of a lifetime, especially from the park’s highest peak: Hawksbill Mountain.
Hawksbill Mountain is home to many plant and animal species – some that are found nowhere else in the world. An example is the Shenandoah salamander, a rare and endangered species unique to the park’s highest peaks. It can live only in certain environments, such as the relatively cool, moist, high elevation of Hawksbill Mountain.