National Parks celebrate Public Lands Day

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National Parks across the country are celebrating Public Lands Day with free admission today.

There are plenty of options within driving distance including the Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry, and Fort McHenry National Monument among others.

Not only are the parks open for public use, there will also be volunteer opportunities at most parks such as clean ups, pollinator garden planting, and more.

National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest single-day volunteer event.

To learn more or find volunteer opportunities, click here.

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SNP host Innovative Training Course

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS) reports that Innovative Training was held in the Shenandoah National Park (SNP).

The annual Civil Engineer Manager training course took place in early August.

The course was hosted by the Air National Guard and helps to provide future project managers with the latest knowledge, skills and tools to ensure understanding of coordination  in  real world situations.

The three day course focuses on a number of scenarios project managers could face.

Those scenarios included material shortages, leadership dynamics and medical events.

The objective of the training  is to prepare future leaders with knowledge and ability to coordinate across the globe in worse case scenarios.

The Shenandoah National Park was chosen because of its remote location which helps future leaders to learn to live and work together.

The Innovative Training programs collectively provided training for over 2,000 Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines across the Department of Defense.

The training provides over $5 million worth of cost savings to communities and military partners across the globe.

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Hiker falls 30 feet at Shenandoah National Park

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Rockingham County Fire and Rescue (RCFR) report the rescue of a hiker who had fallen in the Shenandoah National Park.

The hiker was discovered unconscious by Park Rangers after he had fallen approximately 30 feet from the backside of his campsite near Loft Mountain.

Rangers called RCFR to assist in the rescue effort Fri. morning Aug. 5.

National Park personnel then worked with the RCFR’s Tactical Rescue Team to reach the person and treat him for immediate injuries.

The person was pulled from the site after he was stabilized and airlifted to the UVA for trauma care. 

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SNP Old Rag Mountain tickets are on sale now

A social post from Shenandoah National Park announced that the day use passes for Old Rag Mountain are available.

A limited number of the passes became available yesterday in an attempt to reduce the impact on Old Rag.

The pilot program is attempting to keep the impact of the natural resources at the site down at the same time improve the visitor’s experience.

Recent years have shown as the hike became more popular Old Rag Mountain was often over run with visitors.

Beginning Mar.1 all visitors to Old Rag Mountain will have to have a ticket to hike the site.

Visit for more information on the requirements on acquiring tickets.

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SNP is fee free on Thur. 11/11 offering a Healing Waters Fly Fishing Project

On Veterans Day Thursday Nov. 11 the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will be fee free according to their social media post.

The SNP with Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. which supports disabled military personnel and Veterans will also hold special presentations on that date as well.

Fly fishing casting demonstrations will be held on the lawn of the Byrd Visitor Center at mile maker 51 on the Skyline Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Tables inside the Byrd Visitor Center will have information on Fly Fishing Inc. and their effort to support our Veterans and include fly fishing information as well.

The project is free and open to the public as the park is also fee free that day as well.

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Front Royal and SNP set up checks on leaf changes in the valley

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The town of Front Royal is getting ready for the the changing to the fall colors.

In fact the town has set up a camera for you to view specifically the leaves of downtown as they change.

The camera is set up in the Gazebo area and is focused on the trees of downtown with more information on not just leaf changes but sky watching as well.

You can access the town of Front Royal’s leaf cam by clicking here.

Of course leaves are changing everywhere in the valley there is a check of the leaves of the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) found by clicking here.

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SNP celebrates a number of things this weekend and we benefit

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Shenandoah National Park (SNP) will celebrate Juneteenth as well as Neighbor Appreciation Day along with Father’s Day weekend.

All these things will be celebrated at once in the SNP and Skyline Drive on Sat. June 19.

As the Park offers a fee free Saturday tomorrow Jun. 19 and waives all fees to enter the Park and Drive.

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SNP kicks off National Park Week

Today is a fee free day at Shenandoah National Park which kicks off National Park week.

Today the National Park Service app becomes available for download and the Jr. Ranger page goes live on the Shenandoah National Park website.

Monday through Thursday this week local artist Betty Gatewood will launch a watercolor workshop video each day at 2 p.m..

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