Shenandoah National Park offers a variety of field trip opportunities. Educational groups can participate in a ranger-led or self-guided curriculum-based program or request an academic fee waiver to explore the Park on their own. Choose the option that best meets your educational needs. Planning ahead and preparing your group will help make the park visit a memorable and fun learning experience for you and your students.
Field Trip Checklist
We look forward to having you in the Park and want to ensure that you are prepared for a fun and educational trip! Please use the Field Trip Checklist for suggestions.
Ranger-led Field Trips
Ranger-led field trips are science curriculum-based, two hour programs for groups of up to 60 students (some program sizes are smaller). Prior registration is required and space is limited each season. Typically offered late-April through early-June and mid-September though early-November.
Ranger-led Summer Field Trips
Summer field trips are ranger-guided programs for summer groups (camps, clubs, etc.) coming to experience Shenandoah National Park in the summer. Whether coming for a few hours or a week, students can learn from nature in various ways. This serves summer groups up to 60 students. Public programs are available seperately through the visitor center ranger staff daily in the summer. Prior registration is required and space is limited each season.
Self-guided Field Trips
Self-guided field trips are pre-established curriculum-based programs that are generally focused on science or social studies. Prior registration is only required if you need materials from the Education Office.
Create Your Own Experience
The Education Office can provide local school groups and academic institutions with an academic fee waiver for visits that are for educational or scientific purpose. This fee waiver allows full access to the park. This option allows the largest breadth of experiences for your students. If you need any assistance in planning the experience, please contact the education office.
Last updated: September 22, 2023