A LLAMA ADVENTURE

On Sunday, May 21st, at 1 PM, Twin Creeks Llamas invites you to come to the farm in Browntown, VA

Santiago, the head guy

and spend an afternoon with the llamas.

Our adventure begins in the barn where we will spend about an hour with the llamas. We will discuss the most common questions that people have about llamas: What are llamas, and where did they come from? Why do they do the things they do? How do you read their body language, what are those ears saying? Yes, they do spit, but when and why? What is the proper way to touch a llama? As you can see, there is a lot to learn before we take the llamas on a hike.

Next we teach everyone how to properly halter and saddle a llama. And then we will take a walk with the llamas around our 20 acre farm. We have more than a mile of groomed trails that meander along our two creeks and through the woods. There is always a variety of wildflowers along the way.

We’ll stop along the trail for a water break and we’ll hand feed the llamas a special treat for a job well done. If the weather is warm enough, we can lead the llamas through the stream to cool their feet before returning to the barn.

We have 4 llamas that will hike with us: Santiago, Coffee Bean, Pete, and Prince. Each person can have an opportunity to lead one of the llamas if you so desire.

Attendance at this program is limited to 25.

If you would like to attend please contact the Friends at shenandoahriverstateparkfriend@gmail.com. Be sure to include the number you would like to bring and your email address. We will let you know if you are among the first 25 and send you directions.

EARTH DAY 2017 – Landscaping and Junior Ranger Planning

Our 2017 Earth Day celebration was visited by much needed rain, but a few stalwart Friends, lead by our own expert, Harry Reed, worked the visitor’s center garden to remove some nasty invasives. Harry had to leave before we remembered the camera. He got down to earth as much as Jinny.

Part of our small but mighty 2017 work crew

We also had a good planning session for 2017 Junior Rangers which will be held July 24 to 27 and repeat July 31 to August 3. Check back here for registration information.

 

VERNAL POOLS

On Sunday, March 19 Hannah Bement lead a walk to view the Park’s natural and man-made vernal pools along the Cottonwood Trail and to discuss their value to our ecosystem. A vernal pool is a form of temporary, freshwater wetland that contains water for a portion of the year and supports an array of wildlife and plants, some specially adapted for these habitats and many being rare species in Virginia. The Park’s vernal pools provide habitat for the Spotted Salamander, the Jefferson Salamander, Spring Peepers, Wood Frogs, and many others.

Hannah Bement is a science teacher at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal. She has degrees from the University of Akron and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science. She is a member of the Shenandoah Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists and our Friends group. Hannah loves being a teacher, working with children, and working to make our environment a better place. She is presently volunteering with the Virginia Vernal Pool Monitoring Program.

 

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY 101+

In February the Friends hosted a nature photography workshop with penguins local photographer Sharon Fisher.

Sharon shared some of her beautiful work from both near and far. She spoke about basic nature photography principles and about how digital cameras work.

This well attended program generated so much enthusiasm that a likely outcome will be the establishment of an ongoing nature photography program in the Park. If you would be interested let us know through “Contact” and check back here for details coming soon.

You can view some of Sharon’s fantastic work at sharongfisher.zenfolio.com

SMARTPHONE WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

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On January 28, Virginia State Parks guest bloggers, Bob Diller and Kevin Divins presented a smartphone photography workshop! Topics included tips for doing all your nature photography on your smart phone, useful post-editing apps and basic composition skills.

This program was limited to 15 and filled quickly but will be presented again, probably in May. Check back here or at the park site at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/shenandoah-river.

Check out Bob and Kevin’s work at: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/blog/getting-to-know-virginia-shenandoah-river-state-park-part-1.

2017 FIRST DAY HIKE

2017 First Day Hikers
2017 First Day Hikers

Many friends of Shenandoah River State Park started the new year off right by taking a hike in the park. Over 110 two legged, and about 8 four legged, friends spent time on either the Overlook or Cullers trails on a beautiful day that started a little chilly but soon turned into coats and hats off. The Friends and park staff served hot chocolate, cider, and lots of munchies to a happy group.

Put “January 1, 2018 – Hike” on your calendars now.

 

HALLOWEEN CAMPFIRE TALES

Join the Friends – and those hovering around – at a Halloween campfire at Shenandoah River Statecampfire2 Park. Friends Jinny Fox and Brian Bennett will share some seasonal tales and invite you to share any of yours. We will have smores and more. Meet at the campfire circle at the tube takeout near the RV camping area at 7 PM on Friday, October 28. Easy walking distance from the RV campground and cabin area. Bring a folding chair or blanket, no seating is provided at the site. If you are driving, turn into the gravel road just past the RV campground marked “authorized vehicles only” and bear right. Parking is very limited.  {In case of rain, we’ll be in Shelter 3 in the day use area.} Bring a flashlight for the walk home – if you dare walk in the dark. Fun and maybe even scary!