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

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Ranger Guided Programs

A ranger leads a group of young students across Big Meadows.
NPS photo
 
Shenandoah National Park offers free ranger-guided, curriculum-based programs for grades 2-6 that directly support the Virginia Science Standards of Learning and the National Science Education Standards. Teachers are required to attend a free instructional workshop prior to bringing their students on a program. At the workshop, teachers receive pre-visit and post-visit activities to be used in the classroom and learn how best to incorporate the park program into their classroom lesson plans. Park rangers lead the in-park programs, which generally last two hours. Group size is limited to 45-60 students and reservations are required.

2nd grade - Habitats of Shenandoah
3rd grade - Adaptations for Survival
4th grade - Ecosystems: The World-wide Web of Life
5th grade - Geology: Our Rockin' Earth
6th grade - Watersheds: Mountains to the Bay

Leave No Trace and Wilderness Resource Education

Did You Know?

Water stands in a pit, called an Opferkessel, in a boulder on Old Rag Mountain.

The small circular pits (Opferkessels) often found in the rocks of Shenandoah National Park’s cliffs and summits are formed by standing water.