We are looking for volunteers for a variety of work, including help with our "Ride the Drive" event. Go here for a list of volunteer opportunities!
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In honor of Spring's rebirth today and World Poetry Day tomorrow:

We like March ~ his shoes are purple.
He is new and high
Makes he mud for dog and peddler
Makes he forest dry

Knows the adder's tongue his coming,
And begets her spot
Stands the sun so close and mighty
That our minds are hot.

News is he of all the others
Bold it were to die
With Blue Birds buccaneering
On his British sky.

~...
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Get your style tips from nature: wear green today! #stpatricksday #grayandgreen
Road update! The crews are working hard to get at least the central part of the Park open for the weekend, but how much and how soon will depend on the weather! Need some warmer temps to help with melting. We will post as soon as we have news or you can call 540-999-3500, option 1, option 1.
Skyline Drive remains closed due to snow and ice. Report from the field: The ice covers at least (a liberal percentage) 70%-80% of the drive. The temp is about 11 degrees with a strong 20 mph sustained wind bringing it down to likely below zero temps.

Jewell Hollow Overlook area photos from this morning.
If you are planning to come to the "Ride the Drive" event and don't need parking, registration for the "No Parking Option" is now open.
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The Shenandoah National Park Association is pleased to announce that its first 2017 Shenandoah National Park Resource Seminar will be held on April 29, 2017. Sign up now to learn fly fishing techniques from Harry Murray, author of "Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park." For information/registration go to our website at .
We are very excited about the response to our “Ride the Drive” event. Vehicle registration filled up in a matter of hours.

Please give us some time to locate additional parking. While we do that, we are adding an option in Eventbrite for people who do not require parking. We will reopen registration for a "No Parking Needed Option" Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00 a.m. If you don’t require...
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“Ride the Drive” Car-Free Day in Shenandoah National Park

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Wow! Thank you for your Interest in the Park's Ride the Drive event scheduled for April 23rd -- it has been amazing!

So amazing, in fact, that there is now a wait list.

The reason for the participation cap has to do with parking: There is limited parking available for the event. However, Park staff will be meeting early next week to consider options for increasing the maximum participation...
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“Ride the Drive” Car-Free Day in Shenandoah National Park

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A wildfire is certainly something we all want to avoid and we probably don't have to tell you how dry our area is. Even with some precipitation in the forecast, we remain concerned about the fire danger. We are now well into our spring fire season, and we have been routinely experiencing elevated fire danger throughout the Park.

Please use extra caution with cigarettes, fires, and debris...
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Registration is now open for our "Ride the Drive" event. Please read all the details to be sure you understand how the event will work before you register. Groups of 10 or more or those with special needs are asked to call 540-999-3500.

Details here: [ Nps.gov Link ]

Registration here: [ Eventbrite.com Link ]

Elevations and maps on the way!

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It's International Women's Day! Inspiring women are everywhere and sometimes in unexpected places. Did you know that there's an exhibit in Shenandoah National Park that celebrates some exceptional women who regularly gathered at Skyland Resort before the Park was established? Massanutten Lodge on the lower level of today's Skyland was the vacation home of Addie Nairn Pollock. Its living room...
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This barred owl (Strix varia) was spotted near the entrance of Lewis Mountain Campground in late February. The photo credit goes to local birder Diane Lepkowski.
The Shenandoah National Park Trust is proud to host the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater on

2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL - Shenandoah National Park Trust

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Shout out to this hiking club from Warrenton, VA for responding to a local newspaper article about trash being dumped around the Pass Mountain Trailhead parking lot on Route 211 by cleaning up the site on President's Day! They recruited eleven of their members, rolled up their sleeves, and got down to work. Thanks to all of those who value a beautiful Earth!

Learn more about volunteering for...
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#NationalInvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek

The Shenandoah National Park Trust, our official philanthropic partner, is integral in our efforts to control invasive species in the Park. Over the years they have provided significant funding which has directly supported the removal of thousands of acres of invasives, the production of several thousand native plants and trees for restoration projects,...
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#NationalInvasiveSpeciesAwarenessWeek...How YOU can help!

1. Use native species in landscaping. You can avoid invasives and provide food and habitat for wildlife at the same time. Some great sources of information on natives to use in landscaping include:

Virginia Department of Natural Heritage
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U.S. National Arboretum
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2. Keep an eye out for new...
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The natural resources scientists here at Shenandoah count invasive species among the greatest threats to our ecosystem. Diversity is absolutely key to a healthy forest and when a non-native invasive species threatens that diversity, it's serious!

You might remember the gypsy moth that threatened to eradicate our oak trees. Or those of you who, like me, yearn for the magical beauty of the...
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