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Shenandoah National Park Presents Family Camping Seminar

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Date: May 29, 2009

Shenandoah National Park will be hosting “The Basics of Family Camping” seminar on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, 2009. This overnight seminar coincides with the national Great American Backyard Campout, a national event that encourages individuals, youth, friends, and families to camp out together for one night.

A camping trip to a national park has been a long-standing tradition for many American families. However, a lot of today’s busy families have not had the opportunity to share a camping experience together. This seminar is designed for those families who have always wanted to learn how to camp but never had the time to learn.

Campers will learn from park rangers and camping experts how to pitch a tent, build a campfire, plan and prepare meals, explore nature with your children, and how to “Leave No Trace,” while creating memories to last a lifetime. Tents, cooking equipment, and food will be provided.

“The Basics of Family Camping” is $50 one adult and child (5-12 years old) and $10 for each additional family member. Reservations are required and space is limited. Shenandoah National Park Association members receive a 20% discount. To register, go to the Shenandoah National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/resource_seminars.htm.

“The Basics of Family Camping” is one of the Shenandoah National Park Resource Seminars designed for those who want to get to know their national park a little more personally. Seminars provide a more in-depth experience to learn from scientists, researchers, educators, and other experts about resource issues and recreational opportunities in Shenandoah National Park. Future seminars include Hiking With Children on Sunday, July 12, 2009, repeat of The Basics of Family Camping, July 18-19, 2009, and The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty, Saturday, August 22, 2009.

The complete Resource Seminar schedule can be found on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/resource_seminars.htm. Members of the Shenandoah National Park Association receive a 20% discount on seminars with a fee. The Shenandoah National Park Resource Seminars are co-sponsored by the Shenandoah National Park Association and ARAMARK, the park’s official concessioner.

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.