Ranger-Led Programs

Shenandoah National Park offers free ranger-guided, curriculum-based programs for grades 2-6 that directly support the Virginia Science Standards of Learning and the National Science Education Standards. Teachers are required to attend a free instructional workshop prior to bringing their students on a program. At the workshop, teachers receive pre-visit and post-visit activities to be used in the classroom and learn how best to incorporate the park program into their classroom lesson plans. Park rangers lead the in-park programs, which generally last two hours. Group size is limited to 45-60 students and reservations are required.

Students discover a unique habitat in Big Meadows during a ranger-guided education program.

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Habitats of Shenandoah

Second Grade

60 -120 minutes

A habitat is a specific place where plants and animals live. Shenandoah National Park offers the opportunity for students to discover and explore habitats as they apply and expand concepts and knowledge learned in the classroom.

Students and a ranger take a close look at the forest floor.

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Adaptations for Survival

Third Grade
60 -120 minutes

Living things use adaptations to respond to life needs for survival. These adaptations may be behavioral or physical in nature. Students will investigate adaptations of plants and animals living in Shenandoah National Park using observation, cooperation, discovery, and participation skills.

Kids sitting around asking questions with a ranger.

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Ecosystems: The World-wide Web of Life

Fourth Grade
60 -120 minutes

The world is composed of many natural ecosystems in which plants and animals interact with one another and the nonliving environment. Students will explore the natural ecosystems found in Shenandoah National Park and make comparisons between natural and human communities.

View overlooking Little Stoney Man

Geology: Our Rockin' Earth

Fifth Grade
60 -120 minutes

The Earth is constantly changing and evolving. These changes occur through natural processes such as plate tectonics, weathering, and erosion, while other changes are caused by human actions. Students will understand the forces and processes that create Earth's various landforms.

Dark Hollow Falls

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Sixth Grade
60 -120 minutes

Fresh water is a precious, non-renewable resource that is essential for life. Water also provides habitat for many plants and animals. Students will assess Shenandoah National Park's role in protecting water resources and evaluate the effect of human behaviors on watersheds.

A brown salamander with an orange stripe along its back lays upon a verdant patch of moss.

Shenandoah Salamander: Climate Change Casualty or Survivor?

Seventh Grade - College Undergraduate
120 minutes

The Shenandoah salamander, an endangered species, is being threatened due to environmental changes. Students will conduct field research to determine how climate change and habitat competition with the red-backed salamander are impactiving the survival of the Shenandoah salamander.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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