Curriculum-Based Education Programs
Shenandoah National Park's curriculum-based education programs enhance classroom instruction with field experiences that support the Virginia Standards of Learning. Education programs employ hands-on, sensory-based activities and encourage problem solving and critical thinking. They convey the mission of the National Park Service, the significance of Shenandoah National Park, and encourage environmental stewardship.
Shenandoah's education programs are teacher-led or ranger-guided depending on the grade level. The programs are active, well organized, engaging, and fun! Students enjoy the hands-on experiences and the opportunity to make first-hand discoveries that brings classroom instruction to life. They also benefit from the discovery that they have a National Park in their own backyard.
For all curriculum-based programs, teachers are required to attend an instructional workshop prior to bringing their students on a program.
Did You Know?
Benton McKaye, the “father of the Appalachian Trail,” was also instrumental in passage of the Wilderness Act. Shenandoah National Park carries on Benton McKaye’s legacy with 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and almost 80,000 acres of designated wilderness. More...