Leave No Trace Spotlight: Shenandoah National Park

Join Leave No Trace in Shenandoah National Park, VA – June 14-16, 2024

We hand-select nominated outdoor spaces that need our collective care and attention. By designating them as Spotlights, we’re rallying the local community to step up, join forces with Leave No Trace, and make a meaningful impact that can revitalize and protect these special places where we recreate, enjoy one another’s company, and elevate our health physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Shenandoah National Park has been selected as a 2024 Leave No Trace Spotlight. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Team will be at Shenandoah National Park June 14-16, collaborating with hosts and partners on a variety of programs including stewardship projects, workshops, and community outreach.

Opportunities to Get Involved:


Campground Amphitheater Program, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Big Meadows Amphitheater, Skyline Drive (mile 51)

Talkin’ Trash with Leave No Trace: How to Reduce Waste and Protect our National Parks
Learn how to protect and enjoy Shenandoah and all your favorite parks and outdoor spaces with practical and easy tips for reducing waste and visiting parks sustainably. Find out the rotten truth about trash, how long it takes for common trash items to decompose, why we should always pack it in, pack it out (including dog waste!) and other important ways to reduce our impacts through Leave No Trace. 


Volunteer Stewardship Project, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Rose River Falls Trail

Join Leave No Trace, Park Rangers, and partners for a fun volunteer day and stewardship project. Volunteers will rehabilitate backcountry campsites along Rose River Falls Trail. Volunteers will use their hands and light tools to move branches, leaves, and other natural materials to return campsites to a natural condition and discourage their use. These efforts will encourage backcountry campers to practice Leave No Trace principles, protect wilderness character, and adhere to the Park’s backcountry regulations. Registration is required. 


Leave No Trace Pop-Up Education & Shenandoah National Park Outreach, 9:00 am, Dickey Ridge & Big Meadows Visitor Centers

Join Leave No Trace and Appalachian Trail Ridge Runners for outreach and education at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 5 on Skyline Dr) and Big Meadows Visitor Center (mile 51). Learn more about Leave No Trace, sustainable ways to recreate, camp, and backpack, and how to protect the natural resources of Shenandoah National Park and all your favorite outdoor spaces.

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