Virtual Ranger Programs

We're bringing our Park Rangers to you in this series of virtual ranger programs that allows you to explore the many wonders of Shenandoah National Park from wherever you are in the world! Check back often to see what new and interesting topics we'll learn about next!

 
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Duration:
17 minutes, 6 seconds

Join Ranger Kevin on a stroll through the wild of Shenandoah, and learn what exactly makes it "wilderness."

 
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Duration:
10 minutes, 6 seconds

If this video has poisoned your mind, we recommend clearing your head by going on a hike in the park! You can enjoy it now that you're aware of what plants are out to get you.

 
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Duration:
20 minutes, 34 seconds

Would you prefer to be a diurnal animal or a nocturnal animal? Don't know what that means? That's okay! Ranger Miranda and Ranger Elsie are gathered around the campfire to talk about what happens at night in Shenandoah.

 
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Duration:
10 minutes, 25 seconds

Gain a new perspective on the crafty coyote or swiping foxes of Shenandoah.

 
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Duration:
18 minutes, 54 seconds

It's game time! Grab a snack and be ready to place it on which side of the screen you (and your kids) think is the right answer.

 
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Duration:
12 minutes, 16 seconds

Despite what you may think, our black bears do not go into a true hibernation and not all birds fly south.

 
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Duration:
20 minutes, 41 seconds

Winter is fast approaching, and Ranger Mara is standing by in Big Meadows to let you know what to expect.

 
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Duration:
11 minutes, 57 seconds

What is it about opossums that are so creepy? They really aren't! Ranger Kaitlyn debunks some of the common myths about the toothy-smiled creature.

 
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Duration:
13 minutes, 17 seconds

There are tons of hikes worth doing in the park! The Fox Hollow hike is a pleasant loop behind the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.

 
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Duration:
20 minutes, 59 seconds

Join Intern Ben for this Virtual Ranger Program featuring one of Shenandoah's secretive nighttime residents...bats! They might be less scary and more helpful than you think. They need plenty of help with an image change and conservation, so spend a little time learning about these nocturnal mammals.

 
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Duration:
18 minutes, 7 seconds

So how do climate and elevation affect the park's ecology? Ranger Kevin discusses the important factors that deal with our mountain's ecology. He's even hiking to the top of Mount Marshall on a hot summer day so you don't have to! Thanks, man!

 
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Duration:
17 minutes, 18 seconds

More than 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail traverse Shenandoah National Park. Ranger Maria guides you through just a small portion to a vista with expansive views while she talks about the awesomeness of the AT.

 
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Duration:
8 minutes, 16 seconds

The American Chestnuts are dying out, but Ranger Pete knows a few locations where they can still be found. Listen as he shares this tree's history in the park.

 
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Duration:
11 minutes, 27 seconds

Since park visitors won't be able to tour the inside of Dickey Ridge Visitor Center this year, Ranger Dave has opened the doors for our online visitors. He'll talk about the building's "parkitecture," its cultural history, and he'll even let you browse through the exhibit.

 
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Duration:
30 minutes, 30 seconds

The meadow is buzzing with activity and beauty these days! Ranger Mara is in Big Meadows to show you some of the wildflowers and pollinators and how they're connected and keeping each other busy.

 
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Duration:
12 minutes, 16 seconds

Just like Rome, Skyline Drive wasn't built in a day. It involved the helping hands of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a few presidents, and the public's need for an eastern national park. Learn about all of the important intersections it took to build Skyline Drive in Intern Ben's virtual program.

 
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Duration:
20 minutes, 19 seconds

Follow Ranger Miranda on a story-telling tour to the summit of Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park.

 
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Duration:
14 minutes, 3 seconds

Ranger Jonathan invites you to hike with him to the lower falls of Whiteoak Canyon Falls. Along the way, he'll make a few pit stops to point out neat features of this short and rewarding hike. He'll also mention important safety reminders when you're hiking to any waterfall in the park.

 
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Duration:
26 minutes, 5 seconds

Ranger Mara is in Big Meadows discussing the cultural and historical aspects that took place where she stands today.

 
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Duration:
17 minutes, 20 seconds

Calling one, calling all Junior Rangers! Join Ranger Elsie for a virtual Junior Ranger program to learn about the National Park Service Arrowhead and the amazing things you can find in Shenandoah National Park.

 
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Duration:
11 minutes, 32 seconds

Rangers need different hats to do their many jobs. Ranger Lavender shares the meaning and functions of each one.

 
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Duration:
12 minutes, 39 seconds

Follow Ranger Dave as he talks about the impact the CCC made in Shenandoah National Park.

 
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Duration:
13 minutes, 6 seconds

Learn more about how we are affecting our little butt-glowing friends. Enjoy the show!

 
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Duration:
25 minutes, 51 seconds

Follow Ranger Mara through one of Shenandoah's most unique ecosystems: Big Meadows.

 
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Duration:
12 minutes, 43 seconds

Take a Virtual Wildflower Walk with Ranger Mara. Learn about a few of the more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park as they race to bloom before overhead trees become fully leafed out and block the sunlight on the forest floor.

Last updated: June 30, 2021

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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