Self-Guided Programs

Self-guided Curriculum-based Programs

In addition to the ranger-guided programs, Shenandoah National Park provides training and lesson plans for teachers to prepare for and lead curriculum-based field trips to the park. Group size limits and grade levels vary. The Come To Your Senses and Shenandoah Residents programs require reservations. Contact the Education Office: (540)999-3500 x 3489 or email. See individual program pages for more 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

An image of sunrises in Shenandoah National Park captured in the shape of the state of Virginia.

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Virginia's Gift to the Nation

Fourth - Tenth Grade
2 - 3 Hours

Shenandoah National Park is a significant part of our nation's history as well as Virginia's environment and economy. In this lesson, students will explore the historical, cultural, economic, and ecological significance of the Park through classroom activities and a field trip. This lesson addresses multiple Virginia Standards of Learning, providing an in-depth learning experience with cross-curricular activities in history, social studies, language arts, science, and math.

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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