Kids To Parks Day

 
Kids to Parks day is a nation-wide day of outdoor exploration and play, organized by the National Parks Trust. This year, we are celebrating the Year of the Bird and World Migratory Bird Day! More than 190 species of resident and migratory birds utilize the essential habitat protected by Shenandoah National Park.

Learn more about Kids to Parks Day and World Migratory Bird Day.

When

May 19, 2018. See below for a full schedule of planned activities.

Where
Activities meet at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive) and Byrd Visitor Center (Mile 51 on Skyline Drive) unless otherwise noted.

How Much?
This event is free after paid entry to the park. Learn more about park entry fees and passes.

Through the Every Kid in a Park initiative, 4th graders have free access to all national parks!
 

Schedule of Events

Both visitor centers, Dickey Ridge (mile 4.6) and Byrd (mile 51), will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They contain exhibits and information. The following programs may be moved inside in the event of extreme weather. Please do not bring pets on ranger programs. A - Wheelchair accessible program | AL - Assistive listening devices available (please arrive 15 minutes early)

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center


Calling All Beginner Junior Birders! | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Learn how to use binoculars, seek out and identify birds by sight and sound on the Fox Hollow Nature Trail. This hands-on program is designed for children ages 7 to 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than a mile. (AL)

Activities on the Terrace | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center to learn more about Shenandoah's birds with our family-friendly activities, games and touch tables on the terrace. (A)

Ranger's Choice Program | 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn about some of Shenandoah's birds at this short talk on the visitor center terrace. (A) (AL)

Junior Ranger Program | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Discover the special habitat that Shenandoah protects for its resident and migratory birds during this hands-on program for ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than 1-mile walk. (AL)

Byrd Visitor Center


Birds of Prey Program | 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Meet a live raptor and learn about why these birds are important. Meet at Big Meadows Amphitheater, near the picnic grounds. (A) (AL)

Activities on the Terrace | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the Byrd Visitor Center to learn more about Shenandoah's birds with our family-friendly activities, games and touch tables on the terrace. (A)

The Wild Side of Shenandoah | 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Learn about some of Shenandoah's birds at this short talk on the visitor center terrace. (A) (AL)

Special Musical Performance by Gigi Love | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Gigi is a volunteer troubadour for the parks, and will be performing acoustic versions of her national park songs in this special performance. (A)

Junior Ranger Program | 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Discover the special habitat that Shenandoah protects for its resident and migratory birds during this hands-on program for ages 7-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Less than 1-mile walk. (AL)

Birds at Byrd | 7:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Join us as we kick off our season of illustrated evening programs with a talk about Shenandoah's amazing birds. (A) (AL)


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Last updated: September 27, 2018

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