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Here’s a look at what’s coming to Shenandoah National Park in 2020

Westlake Legal Group shenendoah-national-park Here’s a look at what’s coming to Shenandoah National Park in 2020 Things to Do Shenandoah Valley shenandoah national park Shenandoah recreation programs programming parks and rec parks & rec parks outside Outdoors nps News & Updates News nature National parks national park service local parks Hiking explore exploration Education
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Just about an hour away from the heart of Northern Virginia, you’ll find the robust land of the Shenandoah Valley, home to Shenandoah National Park. And no matter the season, there’s something to do in the nature-filled site, ranging from park ranger-led hikes to field trips for local students to discover something new. 

This year, the park is offering several updated and new programs to NoVA residents and visitors alike, thanks to a donation of nearly $1 million from the Shenandoah National Park Trust, which invests in initiatives to ensure the national park remains an essential landmark of the National Park Service

Announced in December through a press release, the 13 additions include youth-centered programs hosted at the park; increased care toward exotic plant and trail maintenance; more opportunities for research using the park’s natural and cultural resources; and much more. 

Among the updates includes internship opportunities for young adults. Positions offered this year are from the Education and Interpretation Division, as well as the Cultural Resources and Maintenance Division, giving teens the chance to curate public programming and work toward increasing diversity and inclusion at the site, respectively. 

Another big change expected to come in the near future surrounds the Boulder Cabin, a 1911 historic cabin on the property. The Shenandoah National Park Trust will work toward raising funds this year for the renovation and maintenance of the building, which will eventually be used as a residence and studio space for participants of the Artist-in-Residence program. The program will provide local artists with the opportunity to live and work on the grounds of the park, with various dates available from May 2020 through October 2020. 

For more information on the programs offered at Shenandoah National Park this year, click here.

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10 free beach volleyball courts in NoVA to play at this summer

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Volleyball is known as a competitive, fall sport in the Northern Virginia school system. But when summer comes around, individuals of all ages can take the time to play casual pick-up games in the heat. Here, we share which parks to visit so you can bump, block and spike through the summer months and beyond.  

Van Dyck Park
At Van Dyck Park, the outdoor activities are endless, especially when it comes to volleyball. The three courts, perfect for group play, will keep you active all day long. // 3720 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax

C.M. Crockett Park
As Fauquier County’s largest lakeside park, C.M. Crockett Park is a community hub to all. With a shorter net than most, visitors of all ages can pass the ball on the beach volleyball court. // 10066 Rogues Road, Midland

Conklin Community Park
This summer, head over to Conklin Community Park to see all your neighbors participating in a variety of recreational activities, including soccer, basketball and, of course, beach volleyball. // 25701 Donegal Drive, Chantilly

Kuntner Park
Located right off of Fairfax Boulevard, Kuntner Park’s sand court is great for individuals of all ages. Whether it’s your first time bumping or you’re a professional, this recreational-sized court is a good spot to play at this summer. // 3901 Jermantown Road, Fairfax

Curtis Memorial Park
With two sand courts right next to each other, Curtis Memorial Park is a versatile place to bring a group of friends and practice the game for hours on end. // 58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Hartwood

Veterans Memorial Park
For those who love to play beach volleyball, but also can’t stay away from other outdoor activities like basketball, tennis and swimming, Veterans Memorial Park is the place for you. Whether you’re with the family or relaxing with friends, this park has something for everyone. // 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge

Elk Lick Park
Open from dawn to dusk, this spot is essential for those who want to fit in a game with friends right after work. Plus, if you’re feeling really active you can walk on over to the neighboring basketball court and shoot some hoops. // 25152 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly

Saint Clair Brooks Park
Located right in the center of Historic Falmouth, this 80-acre park has it all, including a sand volleyball court that enables players to watch the local baseball league on the adjacent diamond. // 80 Butler Road, Falmouth

Monroe Park
While small as a whole, Monroe Park features a regulation-size volleyball court that is surrounded by green space, giving you the chance to practice your spike ball with little risk of injuring those around you. // 14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein

Nations Park
In Nations Park, one will find just one volleyball court and one basketball court. Be sure to take advantage of the free space and practice your serve on your own for hours on end. // 42691 Nations St., Chantilly

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4 organizations that make biking to work a little easier

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Prior to the start of the Metro’s three-month long shutdown, the city of Alexandria and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) created a plan to make it easier for Northern Virginia commuters to get to and from the District. The plan includes changes for shuttle busses, water taxi service from Alexandria, Virginia Railway Express prices and HOV and bus lanes.

In addition to altering the technology and systems in place that get individuals to work, the plan also encourages people to try biking to their desired destinations. While this helps to decongest the roads, it also gives commuters the chance to squeeze in a workout and even reduce their carbon footprint, too. Here, we share a variety of resources from local groups and businesses that are promoting cycling into the city throughout the summer.

Washington Area Byciclist Association classes
The mission of the Washington Area Byciclst Association (WABA) is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting, advocating and educating about bicycling in all forms. This summer, the nonprofit is doing just that by working with the city of Alexandria to create more classes for citizens of Northern Virginia and beyond. Classes offered include a basic skills clinic and a confident city cycling clinic, which helps prepare individuals for riding on the busy streets of D.C. // Locations vary; free

Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee mentors
Want to try out the bike but not exactly sure how to get there safely? No worries! As of last January in preparation of the shutdown, the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee launched a mentor program that is sure to help. Each new rider will be paired with an individual who has been biking in the Northern Virginia region for years. The two will work together to reach the mentee’s biking goals, whether that be learning how to commute into the city or simply figuring out the nearest trail. // Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee: 3526 King St., Alexandria; free

Capital Bikeshare discounts
Throughout the duration of Metro’s Summer Platform Improvement Project, Capital Bikeshare will be offering half-price monthly memberships, allowing individuals to take unlimited 30-minute rides for just $14 a month. Only want to try it out once before signing up? No problem. The company also provides a flat rate of $2 for each single trip under 30 minutes. The shiny red bikes can be found in South Arlington, Alexandria and these stations: Crystal City, Pentagon City, Braddock Road and King Street Station. // Locations and prices vary

Alexandria’s dockless mobility pilot program
Just in time for the shutdown, the city of Alexandria has launched a pilot program that allows private companies to operate shared mobility devices, including rentable dockless bikes and scooters, throughout a nine-month demonstration period. While the city evaluates whether or not companies such as Lime, Lyft and Bird can keep their devices in the area, locals will be able to try them out for their morning and afternoon commutes. // Locations and prices vary

Want to take your personal bike and try commuting on your own? The Mount Vernon trail map can help you make it to Washington, DC from NoVA in no time.

This piece is a part of our Summer Platform Improvement Project coverage. See more articles here.

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