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. We are able to reach young audiences that would not otherwise have the means or opportunity to visit Shenandoah National Park. This program funds in-park field trips, summer youth camps, and virtual learning programs, along with professional development opportunities for educators.

Play, Learn, Serve directly supports these five components: 

  1. Curriculum-based in-park school field trips- Provides formal educational programming for schools to bring educational groups to the park. Annually serves approximately 5000 students from schools surrounding the park.
  2. Curriculum-based in-school programs- Provides formal educational programming at local schools for 4th and 5th grade classes. Annually serves approximately 2000 students at schools surrounding the park.
  3. Summer Youth Engagement- Provides youth engagement and service-learning programs for youth organizations such as Groundwork, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and volunteer youth groups. Annually serves approximately 1000 youth during the summer months.
  4. Professional Development for Educators- Provides workshops and professional development programs for formal and non-formal educators and park staff including Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program. Annually serves 50-100 educators and 1-2 Teacher-Rangers.
  5. Distance Learning- Provides opportunities to develop and implement internet-based distance learning programs including live webcasts and interactive, multimedia virtual field trips, videos, and student activities.

Needless to say, 2020 was an unusual year with many challenges. We invite you to look at how we adapted to the many challenges and also to look at our 2019 efforts, which will more closely represent our efforts moving forward.

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