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Shenandoah National Park Presents Hiking Program for Families With Children

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Date: June 26, 2009

Shenandoah National Park will be hosting a second “Hiking With Children” seminar on Sunday, July 12, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program is for parents who have wanted to go hiking with their children but worried about what to do to keep them interested, entertained, and safe. Here is the chance to learn from an expert. Join Jeff Alt, noted author of A Walk for Sunshine and avid hiker, to learn firsthand how to share nature with children for a fun and safe outdoor adventure.

Jeff has hiked the more than 2,100 mile length of the Appalachian Trail on his own. During the summer of 2007, with his wife and extended family, he carried his 21-month-old daughter on a 50-mile hike across a swath of Ireland. At the “Hiking With Children” program, Jeff will provide tips on how families with children can experience nature together on the trails in Shenandoah National Park. Parents that attended the June 14 “Hiking With Children” seminar shared these comments, “I will begin taking hikes with my daughter to keep her connected to nature,” “We will hike a lot more now that we know how to prepare and it won’t break the bank,” and “We live here and will be using the park a lot, so now I feel more prepared and have much more confidence to take longer hikes.”

The “Hiking With Children” seminar will begin in the Massanutten Room at Big Meadows Lodge, mile 51.2 on Skyline Drive The program is free but reservations are requested. There is a $15 per-car entrance fee to the park, good for seven days.

To register for the seminar, go to the Shenandoah National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/resource_seminars.htm.

“Hiking With Children” 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 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 www.nps.gov/shen. 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?

A hiker is dwarfed by the huge, round, lichen-covered boulders of Old Rag Mountain.

The large rounded boulders on the top of Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park’s most popular peak, were formed in place by chemical and physical weathering, called spheroidal weathering.