If you'd like to get your feet wet, so to speak, when it comes to family hiking or family camping, the folks at Shenandoah National Park have a program or two you should consider.
On June 19 the park, in conjunction with the Shenandoah National Park Association and concessionaire ARAMARK, will offer a family hiking program led by Jeff Alt, a hiking expert and author of the award-winning A Walk for Sunshine and park rangers.
Among the topics to be tackled are How do you prepare for a hiking adventure with your children? What do you wear? What should you pack? What are the essentials for a fun and safe adventure?
Mr. Alt will provide tips on essential gear, types of clothing, trip planning, food, hydration, safety and how to keep the kids entertained. The program is recommended for parents, teachers, and children of all ages, including toddlers. Come prepared for a short hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
On July 10-11 the park will be the backdrop for a family camping program. Park rangers and camping experts will explain and demonstrate how to pitch a tent, build a campfire, plan and prepare meals, explore nature with kids, and how to “Leave No Trace,” while creating memories to last a lifetime.
To make things simple for newbies to camping, tents, camping equipment, food, and instruction will be provided. The seminar will be held rain or shine.
Both these programs require pre-registration, as space is limited. There's no charge for the hiking class, but the camping program costs $50. The fee covers the Shenandoah National Park entrance fee and course instruction and materials.
To sign up for either of these courses, head over to this site.