2018 Seminar Series

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 relating to the Park.

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.

Performances by Gigi Love | Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Byrd Visitor Center

Visiting our National Parks and capturing the story of our parks through the power of song is Gigi Love's passion. Performing in the parks, communing with nature, learning about history and meeting the community within the parks created the soundscape for the national parks songs. Gigi is a volunteer troubadour for the parks, and will be performing acoustic versions of her national park songs in two special performances.

Birding 101 Seminar | Wednesday, June 6 - Thursday, June 7, 2018

Day 1: Big Meadows Lodge (Massanutten Room), 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Day 2: Limberlost Trail, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2018 has been designated as “The Year of the Bird” since it marks the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In honor of this significant occasion the Shenandoah National Park Association, in cooperation with Shenandoah National Park is offering a basic class on birding. This two day session is aimed at novices who are either interested in taking up this popular pastime, but are uncertain on how to get started, or those who would like to enhance their basic birding skills.


FULL Painting in the Park: Nature as a Starting Place | Saturday, July 14, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Big Meadows Lodge (Massanutten Room)

Come paint and learn from Shenandoah National Park 2017 Artist in Resident, Kevin H. Adams. The seminar will be focused on the landscape, and the challenges of plein air painting. The seminar will walk you through the process, from start to finish of two "plein air" paintings.

This 1-day oil painting workshop is intended for all levels of artist.

Registration Closed

The Amazing World of Pollinators | Saturday, July 28, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Big Meadows Lodge (Massanutten Room)

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

Ranger Mara Meisel and Park Volunteer & Master Naturalist Jack Price will give presentations and then take participants on a hike to learn more.


Nature Photography Seminar | Saturday, August 25, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Big Meadows Lodge (Massanutten Room)

This seminar will introduce budding nature photographers to the basic methods and techniques that will help them capture their own person nature experiences through photography of public lands in the national park. Professional photographers Ann and Rob Simpson will share their expertise through classroom instruction and field sessions on a variety of photography techniques including scenic, macro, and telephotography.


Mushroom Identification Seminar | Saturday, September 8, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Big Meadows Lodge (Massanutten Room)

The Secret Life of Mushrooms in Shenandoah National Park seminar will introduce participants how to identify mushrooms. Learn about the myths, medicine, and biology of mushrooms. Will also be taking an easy hike near Big Meadows to seek mushrooms for viewing and identifying in the field. This seminar will be presented by Ann And Rob Simpson, Biologists of Lord Fairfax Community College.


Last updated: June 28, 2018

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