Each year Natural Tunnel State Park participates in "Virginia is for Students." This program focuses on the historical, cultural, and adventure opportunities that exist throughout the Commonwealth. Currently in its 8th year, the Virginia Is For Students touring program works within the guidelines of Virginia SOLs and offers rising sophomores and juniors a chance to visit parts of the state they may have never seen.
To coincide with the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War – the 150th Anniversary – the 2011 Virginia Is For Students tour is focusing on the history of the war in Virginia. From battlefields to museums, from interpretive programs to conservation efforts, the tour is covering as much ground – literally – as it can. Williamsburg – site of one the earliest major battles of the Civil War are just a few of the amazing venues the students will see.
This year, the Virginia Is For Students tour will run from Friday, June 17th through Saturday, June 25th. In what amounts to about a week and a half, the students will visit four National and Historical Parks, five State Parks, a Colonial Historical Area, four museums, and eight Civil War battlefields. In addition they will take a twilight canoe trip across a secluded reservoir, spend an entire day on a high- and low-ropes Challenge Course, scale a 25-ft outdoor climbing tower, and embark on a four hour underground, “wild” caving tour. Overnight accommodations will be at Camp Roanoke, and while in the Tidewater area, the students will enjoy use of a large cabin at the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center.
The Tour is run by the Joy Mining Machinery in Duffield, Virginia. Because of its limited space and hands-on approach, the tour is only offered to a total of 14 students within Scott, Lee, and Wise counties, and the city of Norton. Led by dedicated and experienced staff every step of the way, the Virginia Is For Students tour offers the very best in leadership and content, adventure and education.
For information about this program contact Taylor Thorp at (276) 940-2696 or email him at taylor,[email protected].