Projects You Support

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.

Featured Projects

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.

Current Projects

Restoring Watersheds: Meadow Run

Project Title: Watershed Restoration: Re-liming Meadow Run Project Purpose: to evaluate the management impact of a re-liming treatment on the entirety of the aquatic habitat…
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The Future of Our Forest

From Monitoring to Management: Evaluating the park’s forest status and regeneration trends to guide future management and protection Project Title: From Monitoring to Management: The…
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Views Forever

Skyline Drive is an astounding hallmark of the National Park Service, boasting 75 overlooks with stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the rolling…
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Trails Forever

With the strain of ever-increasing visitation and limited staffing resources, many of Shenandoah’s trails have fallen into disrepair. This year, we are supporting the maintenance of…
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Nipping it in the Bud

Project Title: Nipping it in the Bud – Support for Invasive Plant Early Detection/Rapid Response in Shenandoah National Park Project Purpose: To mitigate the threat…
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Shenandoah Youth Corps

Project Title: Shenandoah Youth Corps Project Purpose: to prepare the next generation of park stewards and accomplish much-needed work Project Goals: to create opportunities for…
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Internships at Shenandoah

Anyone who has worked with or managed interns knows it is an investment of time and resources. But, if the internship is well-structured and the…
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Play, Learn, Serve

SNP Trust supports Shenandoah National Park’s Education Programming, providing a broad range of recreational, educational, and service-learning experiences in Shenandoah National Park for youth and…
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Volunteer Coordinator

Shenandoah’s volunteer program is a powerful force that provides vital support and creates enthusiastic advocates for the park’s mission. Each year, approximately 700 volunteers donate…
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Keeping Bears Wild

Shenandoah has a robust bear population, but it takes all of us to keep them safe and healthy. Your donations support park employees whose job…
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The Hudson River School painters of the mid-1800s were instrumental in the birth of national parks. Until this time, American artists had focused primarily on…
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Edge Fund

The Trust has provided funding to assist landowners with fees associated with establishing conservation easements on properties that protect the viewshed from the park, maintain…
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Past Projects

Trailer Pad Upgrades

Project Title: Trailer Pad Upgrades Project Purpose: To upgrade at least four trailer pads at various locations in Shenandoah National Park to provide full-service hookups…
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Big Meadows Air Quality Monitoring

Many visitors to Shenandoah National Park are unaware of its chronic air quality issues. Particulates and toxins from power plants and other industrial facilities blow…
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Bike Repair Stations

BIKE REPAIR STATIONS in Shenandoah National Park are made possible by the generosity of donors to the Shenandoah National Park Trust, including lead gifts from…
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Robert Jacobsen Employee Development Fund

Named for a beloved retired superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, the Robert Jacobsen Employee Development Fund supports park employee participation in leadership and other career-enhancing…
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Expert in Residence Fund

This fund allows park managers to engage outside experts in natural resource protection, cultural resource preservation, and other park-related goals for short- to mid-term projects.…
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Electric Car Charging Stations

Donors like you have supported electric charging stations currently in operation at Byrd Visitor Center. Over 1.5 million people visit Shenandoah each year simply to…
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Track Trails

The Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah is a flat, 1.3-mile loop trail that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Thanks to donors of…
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Hawksbill Observation Platform

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Trust committed to restore the stone observation platform at Hawksbill, along with the trails leading up…
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Pinnacles Research Facility

Improving the Historic Pinnacles Research Facility  The Shenandoah National Park Trust requested a $20,000 grant from the Oak Hill Fund to support improvements to the…
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Research Fellowships

The National Park Service faces a number of increasingly complex issues that threaten the integrity of natural ecosystems, cultural resources, and visitor experiences at Shenandoah…
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Help us keep bears wild!

Keeping bears wild starts with keeping them away from human food sources. The most effective way to do that is through bear-proof storage lockers, or “bear boxes.” Right now, only 63% of the park’s campsites have a bear box at the site, leaving nearly 140 campsites without safe food storage. The Trust has committed to making that 100% by funding the purchase and installation of these boxes at every single campsite in Shenandoah National Park. 

A black bear peeks around a tree.   

Each box comes with a $2,000 price tag, and the Trust has set a goal of raising $280,000 to purchase and install the remaining 138 boxes, ensuring that visitors stay safe, and bears stay wild.