Wow – it was a very busy two weeks and Shenandoah River State Park has a a great new team of Junior Rangers. We kicked off with a visit from a Shenandoah National Park Ranger who gave us lots of cool, and useful, information about our Chesapeake Bay watershed and what we can do to make it better. With the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries we became friends with many of the fish that inhabit the South Fork of the Shenandoah, and what about that huge eel. That was amazing!
A highlight this year was a trip to nearby Skyline Caverns. Not only was the information about cavern growth and karst really great, but we enjoyed the spectacular scenery and the cool 54 degree temp. A welcome change from 85 outside.
We spent a day on the River observing what lives in it and nearby, and – you bet we managed some good fun.
The Park has its own waste treatment plant and our campers spent a morning learning how we are able to turn waste into pure water and return it to the River. The Park’s “Poop Lady” astounded us with microscopic views of little squiggly things that actually eat the waste – ugh.
Graduation is a fun time shared by campers, parents, and staff.
The Junior Ranger Day Camp is sponsored jointly by the Park and the Friends. We also have a self-guided program where pre-teens can become Junior Rangers. Just ask at the Park Visitor’s Center. We are already looking forward to next years camp and hope you will join us. Check back here in the spring for more information.