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Massanutten was the site of the first Civilian Conservation Camp in America.  The Civilian Conservation Corps was created by President Roosevelt during the Great Depression to give jobs to unemployed men and improve the country at the same time.  Over the course of about ten years (1933 to 1942) the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built 125,000 miles of roads (including the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway), created 800 parks (including Shenandoah National Park), planted 2-3 billion trees, fought forest fires, and helped promote wildlife and soil conservation.  After building the first camp in Massanutten, they went on to build CCC camps in every state including Alaska and Hawaii! 

Facts from CCC Legacy

In this Solo podcast, Alfonso takes you along with his family on a skiing trip to Massanutten.  Learn more about the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia and how recreation (skiing) is an important economic industry in this area; see how winter weather affects the clothing and activities that people do in Massanutten; and find out how parks help to conserve natural resources in Virginia. Come on, let’s go trekkin’!

SOL Correlation:

1.6 The student will describe how location, climate, and physical surroundings affect the way people live, including their food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation.


1.7c The student will investigate and understand the relationship of seasonal change and weather to the activities and life processes of plants and animals.  Key concepts include how temperature, light, and precipitation bring about changes in

  1. c)people (dress, recreation, and work).


1.8c The student will investigate and understand that natural resources are limited.  Key concepts include

  1. c)recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources.  (Essential Knowledge: The creation of parks can help preserve land.  Parks have many uses, including recreation.  Discuss the value of parks to wildlife and to people).


4.8d The student will investigate and understand important Virginia natural resources.  Key concepts include

d) forests, soil, and land. (Essential Knowledge: Natural and cultivated forests are a widespread resource in Virginia.  Virginia’s soil and land support a great variety of life, provide space for many economic activities, and offer a variety of recreational opportunities). 


VS.10b The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by

b) describing the major products and industries of Virginia’s five geographic regions; (Essential Knowledge: (3) Blue Ridge Mountains Products: Apples;  Industries: Recreation).