The Rapidan Society

Greater Stewardship

The Rapidan Society is a group of donors who annually give $1,000 or more in order to keep us moving forward and ensure Shenandoah National Park is protected and enhanced year after year.

Consistent, high-level giving directly supports climate resiliency efforts, youth education, historic preservation, and so much more across the Park, helping to ensure Shenandoah remains one of Virginia’s most valuable natural and cultural resources.

As a member of the Rapidan Society, you will receive an invitation to our exclusive annual celebration as well as private events throughout the year. These are opportunities to meet and engage with those who benefit from your investment in Shenandoah, and to meet and hear from your park’s Superintendent.

Below is a collection of photos from previous Rapidan Society events and outings – times when members come together to celebrate our park and hear about their impact within Shenandoah’s borders.

Join the Rapidan Society by making a gift today.

A History of Stewardship

Rapidan Camp

Within the boundaries of Shenandoah, Rapidan Camp was established as the summer retreat for President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover during his administration.

Restored to its 1929 appearance – as designed by Lou Henry – Rapidan Camp now symbolizes the importance of historic preservation and the power of philanthropy.

“Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.” -President Herbert Hoover

Take a virtual tour of the restored Brown House and the exhibit in the Prime Minister’s Cabin!

Within the Rapidan Society, there are opportunities to increase your giving to make a bigger impact on our Park. This chart shows our giving levels for both individuals and corporate partners – note that the Rapidan Society includes everything above $1,000 dollars!

If you’d like to learn more about giving levels and associated perks, please email Emily at

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