Skyline Drive Status
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Night Closures of Skyline Drive
Portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) during hunting season. Starting November 11 the north and south sections will be closed at night. The entire Drive will be closed at night starting December 9. More »
A Retreat Fit For A President
Suggested Grade Levels: Middle and High School
Through a combination of short movies and interactives, the unit covers the events leading up to the Great Depression and describes Hoover's approach to the crisis. Students then delve into the basis of Hoover's personal and political philosophies and take an in-depth look at how the camp itself reflects them. Recognizing Rapidan as a tangible example of those important philosophies helps students understand the importance of history and the places that preserve it.
This unit is the first in a two-part curriculum that connects the nation's history with the unique resources of Shenandoah National Park. The second part is CCC: A New Deal to Rebuild a Nation. Also intended for middle and high school students, it covers the subsequent time period of Franklin Roosevelt's presidency and his political philosophies in contrast to Hoover's.
At the conclusion of the lessons, the students will be able to
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How To Use This Lesson
The program can be used in its entirety; each lesson builds on the previous. However, if time is limited, teachers are encouraged to excerpt the parts most relevant. The entire curriculum is accessible through Shenandoah National Park's website, so students could continue the activities on their own.
Did You Know?
Skyline Drive rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park, and joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC. More...