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    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Continues Neighbor Appreciation Day and Participates in National Park Service Fee Free Weekends

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Date: June 15, 2009

Superintendent Martha Bogle announced today the continuation of the Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day to celebrate park neighbors. Additionally, the National Park Service has announced three fee free weekends to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit our national treasure, including Shenandoah National Park.  Entrance fees will be waived on June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16.

Superintendent Bogle said, “At a time when people are less connected to nature and under more daily stress, we were looking for a way to both reconnect our park neighbors to our resources and create closer relationships with them. Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day and the fee free weekends are meant to extend an open invitation to use the park and celebrate our park neighbors. We’re looking forward to everyone in our adjoining counties coming out to enjoy time in the park.”

Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day, planned as an annual event on the third Saturday of each June, will continue this year on June 20, 2009.  Shenandoah National Park’s partners, ARAMARK Parks & Resorts and the Shenandoah National Park Association plan to welcome park neighbors by providing discounts to residents of Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren counties. ARAMRAK, the park’s official concessioner, plans to provide a 10% discount in their retail stores with a $35.00 minimum purchase and a 10% discount on food items at all their restaurants. The Shenandoah National Park Association, which supports the interpretive and educational activities of Shenandoah National Park, will offer a 10% discount on all items in their bookstores located in the Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers. Visitors wishing to take advantage of these discounts will be required to show proof of residency by showing their Virginia driver’s license.

Did You Know?

The green sharply serrated leaves of chestnut shoots can be found throughout the park.

American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.