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Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association will host two special programs in June featuring renowned authors who will inspire enthusiasm and care for nature and the outdoors. These programs will be held at Byrd Visitor Center at milepost 51 on Skyline Drive.
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 1:00 p.m.: "Cerulean Blues:Saving a Vanishing Songbird"
This presentation will explore the relationship between the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and the threats to its survival due to mountaintop removal coal mining, deforestation, and climate change. Katie Fallon, author of the book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird, will highlight the connections between a morning cup of coffee and an ecologically devastating mining practice. She will show how the fate of a creature weighing less than an ounce is vitally linked to our own.
Katie Fallon is one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through research, education, and rehabilitation. In addition to her book, her writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals, and she has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.
Saturday, June 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m.: "Get Your Kids Hiking!"
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. Open to children of all ages. In addition, Alt will present his A Walk for Sunshine Appalachian Trail Program at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15 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.
Katie Fallon and Jeff Alt will both be available to sign copies of their books at Byrd Visitor Center following their programs.
The programs are free and everyone is welcome. There is a $15-per-car entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park which is good for seven days.