NPS Youth Summer Learning Adventure: Registration Opens

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The NatureBridge Summer Research Course has officially launched signup for their youth summer exploration program, with sleep-away lodging at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge! NatureBridge, the educational arm of the National Parks Service, has brought science to life for over 30,000 children and teens each year through engaging backpacking and field research courses.

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It’s time to get hands-on in Shenandoah! The NatureBridge Summer Field Research Course in Shenandoah National Park has officially launched with lodging provided at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. During the five day summer program for high school students, participants can explore Shenandoah National Park and strengthen their understanding of natural history, ecology, and outdoor recreational skills.

With a structured five day itinerary, this program combines science processes with hands-on exploration that will mold students to be strong, inquisitive scientists! Students will spend the first few days exploring the park and formulating research questions, hypotheses, and collecting data with the support of the NatureBridge educators. Following each thrilling research-filled day, students will gather back at the lodges for enriching evening activities and to spend time getting to know their fellow students. Wrapping up with a science presentation to the group of educators, park staff and other students, each student will feel extremely accomplished when they look back on the research project they have completed in just five days!

Still haven’t had enough outdoors? The optional backpacking add-on package will allow campers to extend their trip with a backpacking hike through some of Shenandoah’s most exciting wilderness areas. Whether you’re trying to strengthen your college application, or just getting outdoors to learn more about natural history, the NatureBridge Summer Field Research Course is an exciting way to spend part of your summer. The course will have four different sessions, listed below:

Session 1: June 20-24 (Skyland) (+ optional backpacking weekend June 24-27)
Session 2: June 27 - July 1 (Big Meadows Lodge)
Session 3: August 1-5 (Skyland) (+ optional backpacking weekend August 5-8)
Session 4: August 8-12 (Big Meadows Lodge)

Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact NatureBridge’s Summer Programs Manager directly at 415-758-1650 or summerprograms(at) To find out more information, visit

About Shenandoah National Park
Established by Congress in 1935, Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia contains nearly 197,000 acres of land with over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Shenandoah draws up to 1.2 million visitors a year with its rich history, unique geography and wildlife, as well as the panoramic vistas from the Skyline Drive. This National Scenic Byway, built during the Depression era, winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, providing vistas of the sweeping landscape to the east and west. Lodging options in the park include Skyland (mile 41.7), Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51), and Lewis Mountain Cabins (mile 57.5), which are operated by Delaware North Companies, an authorized concessioner and hospitality provider for the National Park Service. For more information about Shenandoah accommodations, dining and special events, call 877.247.9261 or visit

About Delaware North's parks and resorts business
Delaware North is a global leader in the hospitality industry, operating lodging, recreational activities, food and beverage services, retail and educational programming at destinations throughout North America, Australia and Asia. Delaware North operates in many of the country’s iconic national and state parks, including Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park and Niagara Falls State Park, as well as at cultural attractions such as Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Its portfolio also includes five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North’s hospitality management expertise, visit

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest and most admired privately-held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service with subsidiary and affiliate operations in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming and specialty retail industries. Its portfolio includes high-profile venues ranging from sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national parks, restaurants, airports, and some of the top regional casinos in the country. The company also owns a selection of award-winning destination resorts, as well as a series of premium restaurants and catering services that are leaders in the industry. Delaware North has annual revenue exceeding $3 billion with 60,000 employee associates serving half a billion guests in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. “Delaware North” is a reference to Delaware North Companies Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries, including location-specific operating entities.

Additional lodging promotions, events and activities for planning your Shenandoah getaway are available at or call 877.247.9261 to speak with the reservation office.

About NatureBridge
Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. These residential programs connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. For more information, visit: NatureBridge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has a diverse group of partners, including Google, Klean Kanteen, National Geographic Society--Education Department, National Parks Conservation Association, Oracle, and REI. For more information, visit:

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