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Shenandoah National Park Announces 2009 Resource Seminar Series

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Date: March 7, 2009

Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce the Resource Seminar Series for 2009. Resource seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally. The seminars provide an in-depth experience to learn from scientists, researchers, educators, and other experts about resource issues and recreational opportunities in Shenandoah National Park. Advance reservations are required and space is limited. A fee is charged for some seminars.

This year’s seminars include:

Family Hiking: Hiking With Children

Two available dates: Sunday, June 14 and Sunday, July 12, 2009. This seminar features Jeff Alt, hiking expert and author of the award-winning A Walk for Sunshine. Jeff will explain how to keep your children interested, entertained, and safe when hiking together. He will provide tips on essential gear, types of clothing, trip planning, food, hydration, safety and how families with children can experience nature together using the trails in Shenandoah National Park. Hiking With Children seminar is FREE with your paid park entrance fee.

The Basics of Family Camping

Two overnight events: Saturday and Sunday, June 27 – 28, 2009 andSaturday and Sunday,July 18 – 19, 2009. This seminar is for busy families who have not had the opportunity to share a camping experience together. Camp overnight with park rangers and expert campers to learn the basics of family camping. Tents, camping equipment, food, and instruction are provided for these two overnight campouts and include optional hiking and exploring adventures. The Basics of Family Camping seminar fee is $50 for one adult and child (5 – 12 years old), and $10 for each additional family member.

The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty

Saturday, August 22, 2009. Join scientists and field experts to learn about the struggle the American chestnut tree has endured in the eastern United States and Shenandoah National Park. Discover the latest scientific breakthroughs occurring in attempts to restore the chestnut to its former status in the eastern forest. The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty seminarfee is $30 per person.

For more information or to register for any of the seminars, visit the Shenandoah National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/resource_seminars.htm. Contact the Shenandoah National Park Education Office by email at e-mail us or by phone at 540-999-3500, ext. 3489.

Did You Know?

The lineal white markings on this spotted skunk run both horizontal and vertical.

Shenandoah National Park may be one of the few places where you could see a spotted skunk sitting under a gray birch tree. The spotted skunk is at the northern part of its range while the gray birch is at the southern part of its range.