Shenandoah National Park Sponsors Junior Ranger Day

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Date: February 25, 2009

Have you ever put your hand into a bear’s footprint?  Have you ever looked at the world from a bug’s point of view?  Have you ever talked to a wildland firefighter?  Here’s your chance!

Shenandoah National Park has special activities planned for National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 25, 2009.  The program is designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them with the theme, “Explore, Learn, Protect: Be a Junior Ranger.”

Most programs are open to visitors of all ages. Special “Junior Ranger Day” patches, buttons, and certificates will be available.

In addition to the special activities, the park will offer its regular schedule of ranger-led programs (underlined below). Junior Ranger Day activities meet at Byrd Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive, unless otherwise noted.  There is no charge for the programs, and there’s no need to register.

8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m

Byrd Visitor Center open:  exhibits and information.

9:00 - 9:20 a.m. 

Kids Corner.  Ages 2-6.  Discover what it’s like to have a bug’s life!  Children

must be accompanied by an adult.  Auditorium.

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Touch Table.  Get a feel for nature’s diversity.

10:00 -11:00 a.m

Birds of Prey program.  Here’s your chance to meet live raptors, face to beak!  Big Meadows Amphitheater, in picnic area.

10:00 a.m.- noon

Stony Man Hike.  Meet at Stony Man parking area, mile 41.7, for a hike to Shenandoah’s second-highest peak.

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Bells and Whistles!  Meet a law enforcement park ranger.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Discovery Hike.  Be amazed at what you can find in an hour’s time.

1:00 -1:25 p.m. 

Bear Talk.  Learn about the lifestyle of Shenandoah’s largest mammal.

1:30 -3:30 p.m.

More Bells and Whistles!  Check out our fire truck!

2:00 -3:30 p.m. 

Junior Ranger Program.  Ages 7-12.  Join a ranger for fun, hands-on activities that connect you to the natural world.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

2:30 -3:30 p.m. 

Historic Massanutten Lodge. Tour the restored 1911 bungalow of Addie Pollock. 

Meet at Skyland Conference Hall, mile 41.7.

7:30 - 8:15 p.m.

Picture Shenandoah.  Join a ranger for a fascinating look at Shenandoah National

Park.  Auditorium.

Junior Ranger Day is part of National Park Week, April 18-26.  Special programs are being held at national parks around the country.  Check out what other parks are doing by going to the website,

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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