Like you, we eagerly await the end of the government shutdown. This is a critical time for Shenandoah National Park. Here’s how you can help:
Leave No Trace. If you choose to hike in Shenandoah during the shutdown, heed the National Park Service’s “Leave No Trace” policy—which we should all follow whether the government is shut down or not. Do not leave trash in the park.
If you see trash, pick it up. (NOTE: Shenandoah National Park harbors myriad historical artifacts left behind by the families who lived in these mountains prior to the park’s establishment. If you think something may be an artifact rather than trash, leave it where you found it. It is illegal to remove historical assets from a national park.)
Help keep porta-johns at Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon clean and operating. The Shenandoah National Park Trust is raising emergency funding during the shutdown to keep the toilets at these two popular trailheads clean and operating. Can you help us? Donate here.
Gift basket. We’re collecting packaged snack items to deliver to park headquarters next week. If the government is still shut down, the snacks will be a small way to thank the Shenandoah National Park employees who are working without pay. If the government is re-opened by then, the gift basket will welcome park staff back to work. Consider including a note with your snack item(s). You can drop them off at the Trust’s offices at 404 8th Street, NE, Suite D, Charlottesville, VA 22902. If you live outside the Charlottesville region and would like to participate, consider organizing a collection in your area and delivering it to park headquarters at 3655 US Highway 211 East in Luray, VA between 8:30 am and 4:40 pm.
Write letters of gratitude to Shenandoah National Park staff, to be waiting for them when they return to work. Address your letters to: Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835.
Contact your elected federal officials and urge them to end the government shutdown and stop the damage being done to national parks. Find contact information here.
Listen to SNP Trust’s executive director Susan Sherman talk about the shutdown here.
Check our Facebook page regularly for updates on ways you can support your park during this challenging time.
Thank you for your partnership!