Wild week­end

Rappahannock News - - NEWS -

Shenan­doah Na­tional Park will honor Amer­ica’s wilder­ness her­itage dur­ing this Satur­day and Sun­day’s 17th annual Wilder­ness Week­end. Among some of the unique events:

At the Byrd Vis­i­tor Cen­ter (mile 51 of Sky­line Drive), there will be a hands-on tra­di­tional tool dis­play and demon­stra­tion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Shenan­doah Na­tional Park’s Trail Crew will share their ex­per­tise re­gard­ing the use of tra­di­tional tools in main­tain­ing trails in wilder­ness ar­eas. Yes, vis­i­tors can try their hands with the tools.

The film “Amer­i­can Val­ues: Amer­i­can Wilder­ness,” narrated by Christo­pher Reeve, ex­plores wilder­ness across the United States. The movie will be shown at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Byrd Vis­i­tor Cen­ter au­di­to­rium each day.

There will be a four-mile ranger-led hike to Rose River, ex­plor­ing the unique beauty and the ben­e­fits of one of Shenan­doah’s Wilder­ness trails. The Rose River hike is on Satur­day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet the ranger at Fisher’s Gap Over­look, mile 49.3, at 9 a.m. Please bring wa­ter, a snack and wear ap­pro­pri­ate footwear.

There will be a one hour Search and Res­cue Dog Sem­i­nar pro­vided by Dogs East on Satur­day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The pre­sen­ta­tion will be held at the Big Mead­ows Am­phithe­ater in the pic­nic grounds (mile 51). Learn and ob­serve how these dogs play a crit­i­cal role in search and res­cue op­er­a­tions.

At Dickey Ridge Vis­i­tor Cen­ter (mile 4.6), join rangers for ac­tiv­i­ties on the ter­race from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Satur­day and Sun­day.

Shenan­doah’s Wilder­ness was des­ig­nated by Congress in 1976. Forty per­cent of the park, al­most 80,000 acres, is wilder­ness and rep­re­sents one of the largest wilder­ness ar­eas in the east­ern United States.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.