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Special Programs

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Get Your Kids Hiking!
June 14 & July 19, 2014
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51, Skyline Drive

This short family stroll turns a walk in the park into a fun-filled, multi-dimensional adventure. Family hiking expert and author of Get Your Kids Hiking, Jeff Alt, teams up with Shenandoah National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike loaded with hands-on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors. Learn how a few simple techniques and some basic equipment can turn any walk in the woods into a safe, fun-filled adventure that kids of all ages and parents will enjoy. Come prepared for a short walk in the woods. Open to children of all ages.


Later, hear Alt talk about his
A Walk for Sunshine Appalachian Trail Program at 4:00 p.m. in the Great Room at Big Meadows Lodge.

Jeff Alt is an expert hiker and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA). Alt is the author of the award-winning books,
A Walk for Sunshine,Four Boots One Journey, and Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep It Fun. His adventures and hiking expertise have been featured in national media including: Discoverychannel.com, ESPN, Hallmark Channel, the Associated Press, CNN-Radio, New Dimensions National Public Radio, Scholastic Parent and Child, and more.

Did You Know?

A closeup of a mountain laurel blossom along Shenandoah's Skyline Drive.

Although it’s native to these mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.