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Shenandoah National Park Announces Six Free Entrance Days for 2020

Shenandoah National Park Announces Six Free Entrance Days for 2020

The fee free days for 2020:

To view full press release: Fee Free Days in 2020 Press Release


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On July 26 our Executive Director, Greta Miller celebrated her 40th year with the Shenandoah National Park Association.  What an accomplishment.  If you haven’t done so already, please reach out to Greta and offer her a well deserved congratulations.

On May 13, 2020 SNPA will celebrate 70 years as a partner to Shenandoah National Park.

On September 16, 2000 The Association changed it’s name from Shenandoah Natural History Association to Shenandoah National Park Association.

The Association from its early beginnings as the Shenandoah Natural History Association to the present has supported the interpretive and educational programs in Shenandoah National Park.

Looking ahead to 2020, we will celebrate our 70th Anniversary with a SNPA Members Day event on Saturday, May 16.  A SNPA Board committee is in the planning stages in preparation to celebrate the organizations longstanding history, membership, and the contributions it has made to Shenandoah National Park.  Members will receive an invitation to the event.  If you haven’t joined SNPA, click on “Membership” on the home page to get  more information.

Clark Dixon, President

Greta Miller, Executive Director

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Shenandoah National Park Announces Launch of Interactive Map “Exploring Shenandoah National Park History – One Tract at a Time”

Park Superintendent Jennifer Flynn is please to announce the release of “Exploring Shenandoah National Park History – One Tract at a Time (EPH)”. This new web-based interactive map provides the public wit historic land tract boundaries “linked” to information about the tract including land ownership, acreage, houses, structures and land use. This information was previously published in “A Database of Shenandoah National Park’s Land Records” (Engle, 1997). This historic map is displayed with current park boundary, roads and trails.

To read full press release: Exploring Park History Launch Press Release

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Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weekend

Native spring wildflowers and nature art will be celebrated during Shenandoah National Park’s 33rd annual Wildflower Weekend, May 11-12, 2019. Special hikes and programs will focus on the diversity and importance of hundreds of species of flowering plants that are protected by the park.

Visitors may view the winning entries in the park’s annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest. The top-winning works will be exhibited at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51on Skyline Drive) from May 11 to17 and at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) from May 18 to 24. Winning artists will be recognized in a ceremony at noon Saturday, May 11, at Byrd Visitor Center.

The special feature this year is a botanical art workshop led by watercolor artist Betty Gatewood at Byrd Visitor Center on May 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. No art experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. Artist-in-Residence Julie Elkins will demonstrate sculpting with activities for visitors on May 11 and 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Byrd Visitor Center.

Hikes include South River Falls, Hawksbill Summit, Passamaquoddy Loop, Millers Head, Mill Prong Trail and the Appalachian Trail to Bearfence Mountain, as well as a birding walk.

All programs are free.  No reservations are needed. However, there is a $30 entrance fee to the park (good for seven days). Adults and children are welcome on all Wildflower Weekend programs. The complete program schedule is posted on the park’s special events page:

For more information, contact Park Ranger Mara Meisel at (540) 999-3500, ext. 3282.


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Message from SNPA Board President

Shenandoah National Park Association 2019

Greetings. “Spring has sprung” which means that we are already into the second quarter of 2019. By the time this message is posted Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers will have opened to receive visitors.

Prior to the opening of Dickey Ridge on Friday, April 5, board members, SNPA staff, and park staff came out to rake leaves on April 3 to prepare the grounds for the opening day of the season, April 5. The bookstore has been renovated and it looks fantastic. Stop by and check out the new look. I think you’ll like it. Eight seminar offerings for 2019 were approved by the board and are posted. The list of subjects include: Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park; Painting in the Park; Stories in the Rocks’ Meet the Trees of Shenandoah National Park; Backpacking Basics: A Naturalist View of Shenandoah National Park; Nature Photography in Shenandoah National Park; Mushroom Identification in Shenandoah National Park. Be sure to register for one or more seminars of your choice.

Planning has begun to offer a board training weekend in September. The training will take place at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. And we’ve started making plans for a 70th Anniversary SNPA Members day in 2020. Save the date on your calendar, Saturday, May 16, 2020.

So, get on out to the park often this year with family, friends, or just a personal trip for a rewarding visit


Clark Dixon
SNPA Board President

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Shenandoah National Park Hosts Youth Art Contest for Wildflower Weekend

Local children and teens who like art and wildflowers will have a chance to combine both in Shenandoah National Park’s annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest. The contest is held in conjunction with the park’s annual Wildflower Weekend May 11-12, 2019.

View Full SNP Hosts Youth Art Contest for Wildflower Weekend Press Release