SNP announces Artist-in-Residence

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Shenandoah National Park has selected five artists for its annual Artist-in-Residence program.

The program gives artists an opportunity to creatively explore Shenandoah’s natural and cultural resources and pursue their artistic discipline.

Each artist will spend three weeks in Shenandoah National Park and create an original piece reflecting on the experience of donating to the park.

Artists also present public programs about their art and their residences. Shenandoah’s Artist -in-Residence program is supported by generous donations to the Shenandoah National Park Trust.

Shenandoah is one of numerous National Park Service sites across the country that have Artist-in-Residence programs to inspire artists to create and share art that not only motivates and encourages millions of people to visit and explore, but also helps build awareness and develop stewardship of these beautiful public lands.

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SNP plans a prescribed burn today March 13

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Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced a planned prescribed burn today March 13 weather permitting.

Big Meadows will be closed through 10 a.m. tomorrow March 14 during the burn.

The SNP plans to burn  approximately 88 acres at mile post 51 on the Skyline Drive.

These burns help to clear dead and overgrown vegetation.

These burns are meant to prevent more intense wildfires that have the potential to cause more damage.

For visitors’ safety, Big Meadows will be temporarily closed as the burn is conducted.

Smoke may be visible in and around the Big Meadows area including in valley towns around the Skyline Drive.

Drivers through the mile post 51 Big Meadows area should take care slow down and turn on headlights.

Prescribed burns are conducted under the guidance and direction of trained and experienced personnel from the National Park Service.

A link to the press release and a live webcam is available here.

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News Maker Allysah Fox on preparing the SNP for a season

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) is gearing up for another great season.

We spoke with Public Information Officer for the park Allysah Fox about the preparations in our latest news maker.

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Allysah tells us what has to be done to be ready to open for the season.

She also tells us that one of the earliest openings is set for March 8.

Allysah also tells us how important volunteers are in the effort and how you can get involved.

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Old Rag ticket program begins

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March 1st through November 30th, visitors to Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, including hikers on Saddle, Ridge, and Ridge Access trails, will need to obtain an Old Rag day-use ticket in addition to a Park entrance pass.

Visitors are encouraged to plan in advance to obtain their tickets.

800 tickets are available each day with 400 of those released 30 days in advance and the remaining 400 are released 5 days in advance.

Tickets will not be sold in person at the Old Rag entrance.

Shenandoah National Park began the ticket program in response to significant overcrowding and to improve a guest’s experience and safety while helping to protect the unique ecological communities of Old Rag.

Tickets cost $2.00 and can be found by clicking here or by calling 877-444-6777.

Guests may purchase up to four tickets per person and each individual in your party must have their own ticket.

If you are unable to hike on your scheduled date, you may reschedule or cancel before noon the day before your trip.

To learn more about the Old Rag ticket program, click here.

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News Maker Margo Roseum on SNP’s Education Programs

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) offers several educational opportunities both on and off park grounds.

We spoke with SNP Education Program Manager Margo Roseum about these opportunities in our latest news maker.

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Margo tells us that the program has been an important part of educating people about the park for all ages for sometime.

She also reviews the wide range of topics that are offered through the program.

Margo also tells us how to set up the program in class, online, or at the park.

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Help monitor ecological changes in SNP

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Shenandoah National Park (SNP) in conjunction with Chronolog have identified two sites within the park to monitor ecological changes.

Pass Mountain Overlook, at mile marker 30, and Big Run Overlook, at mile marker 81.5, will be monitored for overall ecological health with your help.

Visitors can place their cell phone on the brackets to take a photo.

Signs are provided with instructions.

Help document the changing seasons at Shenandoah National Park by uploading your photo to Chronolog, a photo monitoring tool powered by people like you.

Last day to help the National Park

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Have you seen the Spotted Lantern Fly?

This is an invasive species to the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park is collecting data.

Through the end of the day, September 30th, you can report sightings of the species to the app iNaturalist.

Snap a photo of the Spotted Lantern Fly, and report when and where you found it.

If you do not have service at that time, that is not a problem, report it when you are back in service.

The Shenandoah National Park appreciates your help with this project.

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Shenandoah National Park brings $104 million and jobs to region

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A recent National Park Service report showed that in 2022, 1.4 million visitors went to the Shenandoah National Park and spent $104 million in communities near the park.

The cumulative benefit on the economy totaled $145 million and supported 1,240 jobs.

Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park Pat Kenney said, “Visitors to Shenandoah National come seeking opportunities to learn, recreate, relax, and build community. We recognize that tourism has an effect on the local economy, and we strive to provide an excellent visit experience to inspire visitors to continue to return to the area for generations to come.”

Nationally, the report shows $23.9 billion in direct spending by nearly 312 million visitors supporting 378,000 jobs.

A link to an interactive tool to explore visitor spending, labor income, and other trending data is available here.

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Shenandoah National Park encourages safety this weekend

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Shenandoah National Park realizes the Labor Day Weekend will be busy, and you’ll be having fun!

But, you can’t have fun without some rules. 

Read up on fire safety, no fires in the back country and only build fires in park-built fire rings. 

The speed limit in most areas of Skyline Drive is 35 mph.

The Park law enforcement is working with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this weekend.

Stay on trail when you’re hiking in the park.

And finally, don’t play with or feed the wildlife.

Keep the park’s animals safe and give them space.

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SNP reminds visitors to be courteous of others

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The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) asks visitors to be considerate of others and leave no trace of your visit behind.

The park has recently experienced an extremely difficult time with visitors leaving trash behind.

The park service asked that you pack out what you bring in.

As always you’ll find trash cans readily available at overlooks and picnic grounds and visitor centers.

The recent incidents of trash being left behind has been of true concern for both visitors and employees of the park.

If at all possible while visiting any park attempt to leave it better than you found.

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