2017 Seminars

Each year Shenandoah National Park's education program partners with the Shenandoah National Park Association to offer a lineup of seminars designed to delve deeper into topics and issues. Here's the schedule for 2017!

These seminars are intended for the general public ages 12 and up and space is limited in each course. SNPA members get a 20% discount on registration. If you want to join to take advantage of the discount, you can click on SNPA Membership category and sign up with your registration. Advance reservations are required. Participates must make their own lodging/camping arrangements. Cancellation policy - full refund if cancel within 14 days of seminar.

Trout Fishing - April 29

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., held at Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria, VA.

The Trout Fishing in Shenandoah seminar will provide one-on-one instruction in fly fishing techniques. A one hour presentation about trout fishing in Shenandoah National Park and how to get started in fly fishing followed by the remainder of the day with hands-on fly fishing instruction by Harry Murray, author of Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park. Bring your own rod and reel if you have it. If you don't - you can borrow one during the course.

Each participant will receive a copy of the instructors book at the end of the seminar.


Stories in Stone: Geology of Shenandoah National Park Seminar - May 13

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., begin at Big Meadows.

The geology of Shenandoah National Park tells an incredible story of earth history that began a billion years ago and continues today.

Underlying the present-day landscape of Shenandoah, are remnants of hot, fiery lavas, explosive volcanic eruptions, and fragments of ancient rivers and oceans.

Come and learn this story with Ranger Sally Hurlbert and discover the amazing tale of oceans being born, continents colliding and mountains being thrust high into the sky. See how these rocks are being changed by the everyday processes of weathering and erosion that break them down and make ideal homes for the flora and fauna of Shenandoah. Learn about some of the impacts that human recreation has on these rocky ecosystems and how the park is taking steps to preserve and protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Seminar includes a 2 mile round trip hike to Little Stony Man Cliffs, moderate difficulty due to rocky terrain and then a stop at Marys Rock Tunnel Overlook.


Seeing & Recording Your Park Experience: A Journey into Keeping a Nature Journal - June 2-3

Friday, June 2, 2017, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Big Meadows.

Join Betty Gatewood and Rhonda Roebuck in creating nature journals to discover and record your Shenandoah National Park experience. A nature journal provides the perfect opportunity to ask questions and find answers regarding nature. Practice your observation skills, try basic art techniques, and learn new journaling exercises to record your experience which will enrich your knowledge of Shenandoah National Park. Drawing, writing, and watercolor methods will be presented for use in journal entries to record the unique environment of SNP. If you have never kept a nature journal this will get you started, and if you already keep one, this will introduce some new methods and materials. Participants will leave the seminar with ideas, art materials, and a journal to continue their journey into nature journaling.


Rocky Mount Fire - 1 Year Later Seminar - June 10

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., begin at Loft Mountain Amphitheater.

Spend the day with Park Service Fire Ecologist Andrew Ruth and learn about the timeline of the 2016 Rocky Mount fire and learn how the vegetation is responding one year later.

After a presentation at the amphitheater, participants will hike into the area burned so they can view and learn about the post-fire vegetation recovery.


The Amazing World of Pollinators Seminar - July 29

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Big Meadows.

Discover how the often unnoticed work of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators is essential in the interconnected community of wildflowers, plants, and wildlife in the Big Meadow.

Ranger Mara Meisel and Park Volunteer & Master Naturalist Jack Price will provide power point presentation and then take participants on a hike to learn more.


Nature Photography in Shenandoah Seminar - Aug. 26-27

This seminar is full. If you'd like to be put on the waitlist, please call 540-999-3582.

Option of 1 day or 2 days! $40 for single day/ $70 for both days.

Saturday and Sunday, August 26 & 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Big Meadows.

Saturday will be a beginners course on nature photography.
Sunday will be the advanced course.
Participants may choose to attend either one day or both days.

$40.00 for single day, $70.00 for both.

Professional photographers Ann and Rob Simpson will share their expertise through classroom instruction and field sessions on a variety of photography techniques including basic photography, scenic, macro, and telephotography.

The instructors are also authors of a number of books including Shenandoah National Park, Simply Beautiful, Nature Guide to Shenandoah National Park, Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park, and Born Wild in Shenandoah National Park.


Meet the Trees of Shenandoah National Park Seminar - Sept. 9

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Big Meadows.

A short course on identifying the common trees of Shenandoah National Park.

This is a class that will help to enhance your visits to Shenandoah National Park and help participants to understand the forest around them as they hike the park's many miles of trails. The park is home to over 110 species of trees. The morning session will cover general information on the park's forest cover, what it is that makes a tree a tree, techniques to use in identifying trees, and an introduction to using a dichotomous key. The afternoon sessions will include a walk through the Limberlost forest where participants will get to apply the skills learned during the morning session.


Last updated: August 21, 2017

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