Natural Resource Education
Often the most effective means of protecting park resources is through informing and educating the public. The National Park Service has a long history of supporting interpretive and educational programs and operating visitor centers. Traditionally, these functions have been handled by Park Rangers who specialize in communications skills. Programs and educational opportunities provided by these staff at Shenandoah can be found at the following links:
As park management has become more complicated and understanding about park resources has improved, the need for information transfer from the park biologists, ecologists, and other specialists has become increasingly important. Park scientists routinely work with the Park Rangers to develop educational material that will help the Rangers in their programs and that explains what we know about the animal and plant life, air and water quality, and park environmental concerns. The following links lead you to some of that information:
Did You Know?
Shenandoah National Park has 431 rare plant populations representing 66 rare plant species. The highest concentration of these is in the park’s Big Meadows area