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

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day 2013

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Date: September 10, 2013

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Shenandoah National Park will host a number of volunteer activities.National Public Lands Day is an annual event intended to encourage people to visit and support places like Shenandoah National Park through volunteer efforts.

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the general public is invited to join park staff in the following service opportunities: locust lopping in which volunteers will cut and remove of woody invasive plants in the Big Meadows area; tree cage building in which volunteers will help build cages to protect native saplings the park will plant in areas where invasive species have been cleared; and interpretive exhibit maintenance in which volunteers will help maintain the pristine look of the park's numerous outdoor interpretive exhibits.

Volunteer activities are expected to take place in a variety of locations within the park, including Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at milepost 4.5 and Byrd Visitor Center at milepost 51, and most will meet from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.Contact the park's Volunteer Coordinator for additional details or to sign up at 540-999-3500 ext. 3181.

As part of the National Public Lands Day celebration, photographers and authors Ann and Rob Simpson will lead a special guided walk in the Big Meadows area of the park.Meet at Byrd Visitor Center at 11:00 am.They will also be available to sign their newest book Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park beginning at 10:00 am and after the guided walk.

Join us on one of the most widely recognized national service day events in the nation and help improve and enhance the public lands we all use to explore and relax. Entrance fees will be waived on Saturday, September 28.

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.