Shenandoah National Park announces 2016 Seminar Series

shenandoah national parkThe Shenandoah National Park Association is sponsoring the 2016 Resource Seminars in Shenandoah National Park. These seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally through in-depth, hands-on experiences. The seminars will highlight the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 to celebrate national parks as places for inspiration, recreation, and renewal.

Trout Fishing in Shenandoah
Saturday, May 21, 2016
The seminar will provide one-on-one instruction in fly fishing techniques. A one hour presentation on Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park and how to get started in fly fishing will be followed by hands-on fly fishing instruction by Harry Murray, author of Trout Fishing in Shenandoah National Park. Rods and reels will be provided or bring your own gear. Held at Graves Mountain Lodge. $30 registration fee. Limited to 15 participants.

Art in the Park: Seeing and Recording Your Nature Experiences
Saturday, June 11, 2016
The Art in the Park seminar will provide a special opportunity to learn fun and easy ways to use journaling, sketching, and drawing to capture outdoor experiences through artistic expression. Local professional artists Betty Gatewood and Rhonda Roebuck will present sessions during the day-long seminar on nature journaling, intimate landscapes – focusing on small wonders, and capturing the big view of scenic landscapes. All art supplies and nature journals will be provided. $40 registration fee. Limited to 15 participants.

Finding Beauty on Fragile Wings:  Exploring Shenandoah’s Butterflies
Saturday, July 9, 2016
Participants will learn the basics of butterfly identification and about butterfly species in the park, including rare ones, and the importance of conserving plant and insect diversity.  Indoor morning sessions will be followed by field session in Big Meadows in the afternoon. Seminar instructors are Ranger Mara Meisel and Michael Smith, compiler of the Shenandoah National Park-Luray Area Fourth of July butterfly counts for the North American Butterfly Association.  $30 registration fee.  Limited to 25 participants.

Advanced Nature Photography in Shenandoah National Park
Saturday, August 27, 2016
The Advanced Nature Photography seminar will build on basic photography techniques to enhance skills in capturing nature experiences through photography. Professional photographers Ann and Rob Simpson will share their expertise through classroom instruction and field sessions on a variety of photography techniques including scenic, macro, and telephotography. $40.00 registration fee. Limited to 20 participants.

Advance reservations are required for these seminars and space is limited. To register, visit the Shenandoah National Park Association website: For more information, contact the Shenandoah National Park Association by email:  or phone: 540-999-3582. Members of the Shenandoah National Park Association receive a 20% discount on seminars.

There is a $20-per-car entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park which is good for seven days or use a valid Annual or Lifetime Pass. For more information about these events and other park programs, visit the Shenandoah National Park website at

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