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Shenandoah National Park, VA

A Christian Ministry in the National Parks Involvement

What We Do

ACMNP in Shenandoah provides:

  • Christian fellowship activities for visitors, residents, and employees
  • Leadership development for ministry team members and seminarians
  • Positive relationships among seasonal co-workers and internationals
  • Pastoral care during emergencies

Interdenominational Services of Worship

Ministry teams lead interdenominational services of worship on Sundays, pending National Park Service permit approval.

  • Loft Mountain Campground Amphitheater: 9:30 AM
  • Skyland Amphitheater: 9:30 AM
  • Big Meadows Amphitheater: 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM

Ministry Team Member Information

Our teams in Shenandoah typically serve in three locations (Loft Mountain, Big Meadows, and Skyland) with 2-3 team members per site. Locations range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours apart.

  • Summer only
  • Mentors not available for seminarians
  • Catholic mass not available

Employment Information

Ministry team members seek employment from Aramark at Loft Mountain, Big Meadows, or Skyland depending upon ministry assignment offered.

Dates:

  • Preferred availability of mid-May through early to late September

Employee housing:

  • Dorm-style with shared bath
  • Cabins with shared bath
  • Married housing available

Typical Jobs:

  • Retail at gift shops
  • Restaurant/food service
  • Front desk
  • Housekeeping

Transportation:

  • Bringing a car is necessary in Shenandoah!

* If you are interested in serving in Shenandoah as a ministry team member, you must first apply with ACMNP. To learn more about working and living in Shenandoah (including employee housing costs), please visit http://www.coolworks.com/dnc-shenandoah-national-park/profile.


How YOU can get involved with ACMNP in Shenandoah National Park


Information About The Park

One of three parks within the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains where ACMNP has a presence, Shenandoah is unique in its incredible sprawling views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Virginia Piedmont to the east. The park’s 196,000 acres include 500 miles of hiking trails (with 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail) and give visitors the opportunity to explore steep rocky peaks, gentle slopes, grassy forests, meadows of wildflowers, and cascading waterfalls. Things to do in Shenandoah include hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching, wildlife viewing, star gazing, and fishing.

Popular Destinations

  • Skyline Drive
  • Old Rag Mountain
  • Limberlost Trail
  • Overall Run Falls
  • Appalachian Trail

Wildlife

While cruising down Skyline Drive or hiking to a waterfall in Shenandoah, you could encounter deer, black bear, wild turkey, bobcats, grey fox, groundhogs, and many other diverse birds, fish, and insects.


Outside Resources

To learn more about travelling to Shenandoah, what the weather is like, park activities, or planning your trip, please visit http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm.

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Ministry Team Experience

Kam
Shenandoah National Park, VA, 2011

Our informal ministry took place in a small community of 10 employees, so we were able to get to know our co-workers on a very personal level. Read More

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"Slowly I turned my head to take in the 360 degree view from the highest point off Skyline Drive. At that moment I knew everything was going to be fine; it was as if God was saying, ...Look at my creation!'"
– Stephanie, Skyland 2003