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2014 River Cleanup Crew

2014 River Cleanup Crew

Your way to show how much you love this beautiful river that is so much a part of our community. We’ll meet at the Park canoe landing on Sunday, September 13 at 11 AM. Tell the attendant at the entry booth that you’re volunteering at the river cleanup and the Park entrance fee will be waived. We will transported to the Bentonville bridge parking area where we will put in and float back to the canoe landing, picking up trash as we go. We hope to finish by 2:00.

Front Royal Canoe and Downriver Canoe have generously offered the free use of 20 canoes to the first 40 folks who sign up. Personal canoes are also welcome. Participants must be at least 6 years old. Be sure to call the Park at 540-622-6840 to sign up and reserve a canoe.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your neighbors, help your community and enjoy a day on the river.This event is hosted by the Friends.

July Campers

July Campers

We just finished two weeks of Junior Ranger Day Camp for children 7 to 12. It was a great camping year!  Mondays we looked at what happens in the Park, had presentations from some of our Rangers (including a visit with our own entertaining poop lady, Dawn, at the waste water treatment facility), and a visit from the South Warren water rescue squad. Tuesdays we discovered birds, especially bluebirds, and built a bluebird nesting box for each camper to keep. Also enjoyed great presentations from our friends at the Smithsonian in Front Royal. Wednesdays we spent time tubing the South Fork after learning about snakes from Fred Frenzel and fish from Brad Fink, both biologists with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Fridays we overcame hunger, learning about edible wild plants that grow in the Park. All our activities are designed to enhance a child’s awareness of, and appreciation for, the natural environment.

Check here next May for news about the 2016 camp.

August Campers

August Campers

The Friends also sponsor a self-guided Junior Ranger program for children and their parents. For more information on either program contact us or call the Park at 540-622-6840.

WELCOME GOVERNOR

Secretary Harvey, Secretary Layne, Governor McAuliffe, Friends members Brian & Tom

Secretary Harvey, Secretary Layne, Governor McAuliffe, Friends members Brian & Tom

Governor McAuliffe and the members of his Cabinet were guests of our Park in early April. They got to stay in our (almost) new cabins and to enjoy some beautiful weather – high 70s, lots of sun, and no bugs. Park staff, DCR staff, and the Friends worked to make the visit memorable, providing meals, entertainment (well, we didn’t actually provide the March Madness final, but what a game!), and even a campfire and s’mores. There were many comments on the beauty of the Park and we know everyone enjoyed the chance to spend some time relaxing in our Treasure.

And ………..

If you didn’t get to visit the Park while it was on display at Samuels Library in March, durinIMG_1184g April you can visit the Park at the Front Royal / Warren County Visitor’s Center on Main Street. [We kept the tube so that we can get back on the river.]

But it is really time to get out to the Park itself. Spring flowers are starting to show, the vernal pools are full, and the trails are dry.

Don’t forget our Spring planting for Earth Day – Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 3 at the Park Visitor’s Center – see you there.

 

 

Work in progress

Work in progress

During March the Friends had a great display at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal with highlights of the many opportunities for fun and adventure at the Park. Lots of pictures and neat stuff.

And done

And done

LOOK TO THE SKY

Andromeda - Shenandoah Astronomical Society

Andromeda – Shenandoah Astronomical Society

In March Shenandoah Astronomical Society members presented an outstanding program on identifying some major constellations and stars. We heard about the Society and its activities, including the frequent star gazing nights in our Park – check the Park schedule or the Society web page for dates. The Society serves the northern Shenandoah Valley promoting astronomy as an educational and recreational activity and has activities at many Valley locations – shenandoahastronomical.org

FANTASTIC 1st DAY HIKE

What happens on a beautiful, crisp January 1? Nearly 100 old and new friends join to hike our gorgeous park.

Some of our 1st day hikers

Some of our 1st day hikers

There was a family from Massachusetts, a young woman from California, and lots of folks from near and far Virginia. Many said they would be back – not just next year but often to enjoy the park year round. Please join us any time.

After hike kid's table

After hike kid’s table

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