• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


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Self-Guided Programs

Self-guided Curriculum-based Programs

In addition to the ranger-guided programs, Shenandoah National Park provides training and lesson plans for kindergarten,1st grade, and Earth Science teachers to enable them to prepare for and lead curriculum-based field trips to the park. Group size is limited to 45-60 students and reservations are requried. See program pages for details.

A kindergarten student taking a close up look at a plant in Shenandoah.

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Come to Your Senses

60 -120 minutes

Shenandoah National Park is an exceptional environment to develop sensory awareness with a variety of habitats and diversity of plants and animals.Students will learn stewardship behaviors and find ways they can help protect and preserve the environment.

Kid getting closer look at a plant.

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Shenandoah Residents

First Grade
60 -120 minutes

Plants and animals live all around us and each one has the same life needs. Students will investigate how, where and why plants and animals meet their life needs in their respective environments

Llittle Stony Man Cliffs

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Exploring Earth Science

Seventh -Twelfth Grade
60-120 minutes

Exploring Earth Science in Shenandoah National Park provides middle and high school teachers with the support materials and training necessary to use Shenandoah National Park to instruct earth science and geology. The curriculum contains lesson plans provide opportunities to study outstanding examples of different geologic processes and concepts.

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