EVPP 490/505 field trip to Shenandoah National Park


View from one of the many overviews in Shenandoah NP

Students took a field trip to Shenandoah National Park on April 8, 2016, as part of the EVPP 490/505 Integrated Environmental Assessment course taught by Dr. Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers.

The trip took all day, and the group visited different sites in the Park to discuss issues of forest pests and invasive species, as well as conservation of the endemic Shenandoah salamander and rare plant species. Different park rangers, specialized in these various topics, led different parts of the field trip. The group encountered several deer during the day, and saw several rare plant species. Although it was very cold  – it was one of the last cold days of the season – the field trip was a great success!

Here’s a big shout out to the Shenandoah National Park colleagues for a very informative day!


Shenandoah NP rangers explaining the issue of forest pests to ESP students


Deer sighting on Skyline Drive


Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus