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Park Offers Special Program on the Geology Along Skyline Drive

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Date: September 5, 2012

Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce a special program by the author of Geology Along Skyline Drive. On Saturday, September 15, Dr. Robert Badger will discuss the fascinating geology preserved in the rocks readily accessible along the Skyline Drive.

The program will take place at 1 p.m. in the Byrd Visitor Center and is free to all. The recently updated Geology Along Skyline Drive - A Self-guided Tour for Motorists will be available for sale in the park book store.

Dr. Badger became interested in the geology of Shenandoah National Park while pursuing his doctorate in geology at Virginia Tech. "Geologists have sometimes been accused of finding a beautiful place to work and then finding a project to work on there. To that charge, I plead guilty." He returns to the rocks and peaks of the park whenever he can.

National Parks are living laboratories where visitors can experience the wonders of nature and our shared human heritage. In addition to this special presentation regularly scheduled ranger-led programs are occurring through October 27. The complete activity schedule is posted on the park website, www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/rangerprograms.htm.

Did You Know?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.