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.
If you didn’t get to visit the Park while it was on display at Samuels Library in March, during 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.
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.
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
What happens on a beautiful, crisp January 1? Nearly 100 old and new friends join to hike our gorgeous park.
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.
At the Friends October meeting George Mason University students Ashley Palmer and Mimi Fuerst gave a great presentation about their semester at the Smithsonian- Mason Conservation Studies Program and their internships at the Park. Students today have many opportunities to get out of the classroom and to have hands-on experience in their study areas. Ashley and Mimi help Park staff with conservation and educational programs – what better place than our beautiful 1600 acres?
The collaboration between GMU and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) at Front Royal immerses students in an active research community, where they live and work side-by-side with scientists and scholars from both the Smithsonian and the University. The program was established by SCBI and GMU to aid the Smithsonian’s global effort to conserve species and to train future generations of conservationists. Learn more at http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/undergraduate/
On Sunday, September 21 over 30 energetic Friends and friends of the river – some from as far away as Arlington and McLean – spent several hours hauling trash out of the South Fork of the Shenandoah adjacent to the Park. Tires, soda and beer cans and bottles, construction material, a camera, a bed frame, and lots of other stuff were removed. The Friends thank all the great folks who turned out to help the environment and Downriver and Front Royal Canoe companies for providing our boats.
It was a beautiful day!