SMARTPHONE WINTER PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

winterphotographypicOn January 28, join Virginia State Parks guest bloggers, Bob Diller and Kevin Divins for a fantastic FREE smartphone photography workshop! Learn how to take amazing pictures with your cell-phone! Topics include tips for doing all your nature photography on your smart phone, useful post-editing apps (including one free favorite) and basic composition skills. Other cameras are welcome, but smartphones will be the emphasis.

There will be warm pastries and breakfast beverages waiting at cabin 6 when you arrive. We will wrap up the workshop with hot cocoa and spiced cider. Participants should bring a bagged lunch (a refrigerator and microwave are available for use in the cabin).

Please dress for the weather as we will be hiking on the Culler’s Trail for several hours. Bring your fully-charged smartphone, selfie stick (if you have one) and phone charger cords, just in case.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants, so please register as soon as possible by emailing Jennifer Saik, Education Specialist, at: Jennifer.saik@dcr.virginia.gov. The minimum age to participate is 10 years old, accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

SATURDAY, JANUARY28TH 10 AM-2 PM  –  SHENANDOAH RIVER STATE PARK  –  MEET AT CABIN 6

Check out Bob and Kevin’s amazing 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!

OUR RIVER IS CLEANER

Again this year we had a great turnout for the annual South Fork, Shenandoah River cleanup.

2016 Cleanup Crew
2016 Cleanup Crew

It was a beautiful day! The water was low but that made it easier to spot and collect the trash on the bottom. Thanks to all who participated and thanks to Downriver and Front Royal canoe companies for the use of their equipment. Watch for this event again next September. Sponsored by the Friends of Shenandoah River State Park.

27 NEW JUNIOR RANGERS!

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July 2016 Rangers

The Park has 27 new Junior Rangers after camps held  the last week in July and the first week in August. 2016 campers learned about reptiles – including a personal visit with a 40 pound snapping turtle and a 3 foot American alligator – spent time buzzing with bees, studied fish found in the Shenandoah – and got to catch a few of them – and topped off the week with a tube float on the South Fork. Activities are designed to enhance a child’s awareness of, and appreciation for, the natural environment. Children age 7 to 12 can be a part of this exciting week. Check here in the Spring for information about next year’s camp.

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August 2016 Rangers

The camp is run jointly by the Park and the Friends. The Friends also sponsor a self-guided Junior Ranger program available year round. Check at the Park visitor’s center for more information.

INTRODUCTION TO BIRDING

Charles PriceBring your binoculars and join Virginia Master Naturalist Charles Price for this exciting Park program. The program will begin with a talk about the classification of birds, the various ecosystems in the Park and the types of birds that can be found in each system. In the second half of the program, participants will take a wagon ride to the River Trail where they will observe and identify the birds discussed. If you wish to participate in the wagon ride, please call the visitor’s center (540-622-6840) to register as wagon space is limited to 10 people. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a pro! Meet at the Shenandoah River State Park visitor’s center at 9:30 AM on Saturday, May 28.

Rafting on the River

Gundalow, circa 1880. (The Shenandoah River Atlas)
Gundalow. (The Shenandoah River Atlas)

At a special February meeting of the Friends Patrick Farris, Director of the Warren Heritage Society, spoke about commercial boating on the Shenandoahs in the 1800s. Remarkable rafts, called gundalows, were used to transport goods on the river for many years before the railroad was built. Patrick’s presentation was informative and filled with his special humor. Visit the Heritage Society, 101 Chester St., Front Royal, to learn more about our great Valley.