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Shenandoah National Park kicks off National Park Week with Jr. Ranger Day

A ranger and child face each other both with right hands raised for a Junior Ranger swearing in.
A Ranger swearing in a new Junior Ranger.

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News Release Date: April 7, 2023

Contact: Karl Rand, 540-999-3500 x3284

LURAY VA - To kick off National Park Week, Shenandoah will celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 22, 2023. Kids of all ages are invited to become a Junior Ranger and participate in interactive, family friendly programs on this fee-free day. 

Patio and exploratory programs will take place at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) at 11:00 a.m., and at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 52) at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. A park fire engine and a search and rescue vehicle will be on display at Byrd Visitor Center between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Additionally, visitors can participate in self-guided scavenger hunts at both visitor centers. Additional program information can be found through our special events page and calendar. All programs are free. No reservations are needed.  

Entrance fees will be waived on April 22, 2023 across the NPS to encourage everyone to enjoy their national parks in person. To learn more about National Park Week and find events at other National Park Sites, visit  

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Last updated: April 7, 2023

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


540 999-3500
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