Animal Camouflage Hike
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of animals that make Explore Park their home. In order to protect themselves, animals have adapted ways to avoid predators. Special adaptations also assist animals in catching prey and keeping their young safe. Join us for a hike to learn the secrets of the animal's adaptations and see who is using their camouflage to hide in plain sight! Take a walk, look closely, and discover some of the tracks and traces of the Park's wildlife. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Animal Camouflage Hike (8/11) 52139 8/11/2018 - 8/11/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Canoe The James
Are you looking for a family activity everyone will enjoy? Well, look no further! Canoeing is a great activity that all members of your family can participate in and have an excellent time doing it. Paddle along with our river guide down a scenic section of the James River, and enjoy quality time with your family in the outdoors. No experience necessary. Transportation, equipment, and guides included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Canoe The James (Ages 10+) 50121 7/7/2018 - 7/7/2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Firearms Safety - Concealment Class
Safety is paramount when it comes to firearms. This program meets the state requirements to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. This six hour lecture style PowerPoint course is taught by Mark Jervis, current National Rifle Association certified instructor and former instructor for the VA Department of Criminal Justice Services. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the class which can then be taken to the Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction participants reside in to apply for a Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit. Some topics included in the day are: Firearms and children, rules of firearms safety, ammunition nomenclature and function, proper safe handling of a handgun malfunction, revolver and semi-automatic handgun nomenclature, and more.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Firearms Safety- Concealment Class (7/14) 52127 7/14/2018 - 7/14/2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Brambleton Info
Register Firearms Safety- Concealment Class (8/11) 52128 8/11/2018 - 8/11/2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Brambleton Info
Firefly Hike
Join our Naturalist for a evening hike led by the luminous Firefly! We'll take a hike to observe and learn about the different messages their flash patterns are communicating. You will also learn about the different kinds of fireflies and their life cycles. Please bring a small flashlight. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Firefly Hike (7/28) 52138 7/28/2018 - 7/28/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Foresters Trail Hike
Explore Park’s Foresters Trail has a story to tell. Take a pleasant walk through the woods and hear that story from a professional forester. Learn to identify trees, recognize soil formation in action, and spy the signs of development and decline in a forest. This great educational opportunity for all ages will introduce you to modern forestry practices and the balance that foresters strike between providing wood products for society and preserving the unique and highly diverse ecosystem of our forestland. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Foresters Trail Hike (7/21) 52142 7/21/2018 - 7/21/2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Foresters Trail Hike (8/18) 52143 8/18/2018 - 8/18/2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Horseback Riding- Scenic Trail Ride
You can't gallup until you learn to trot. Get started on the right hoove with the equine experts at Reba Farm. Participants will learn basic horsemanship skills including mounting and riding technique, before setting off on a guided trail ride. No experience necessary. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Transportation, helmets, and tack included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Horseback Riding- Scenic Trail Ride (ages 8+) 50123 6/30/2018 - 6/30/2018 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Horseback Riding Wildlife Excursion
It's time to saddle up and experience the sights and sounds of the local wildlife. Create and share homemade treats with some of the critters on a fun filled and scenic horseback trail ride. Following this, enjoy a delicious and hearty cowboy style meal at Reba Farm Inn's Bed and Breakfast. You'll then remount your horse and conclude the day with a ride back to the stables. No experience necessary. Transportation, dinner, helmets and all tack included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Waitlist Horseback Riding- Wildlife Excursion (ages 8+) 50124 8/18/2018 - 8/18/2018 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Insect Safari
Closely explore and discover the different habitats in the park while collecting some insects! Learn different collection techniques and then study your finds with magnifiers and a stereoscope. We will observe the insects adapted bodies, wings and legs as well as learn about their life cycles. Find out what makes these fascinating creatures so successful in the wild! All insects will be released back into their habitat at the end of the program. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Insect Safari (7/14) 52137 7/14/2018 - 7/14/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Kayak The New
Whether you're a beginner or have paddled before, everyone will enjoy this fun and exhilarating day of paddling. You'll get hands-on instruction to maximize the rewarding feeling of paddling this class I and II, seven mile stretch with our trained guides. We'll take breaks and have lunch along the way. No experience necessary. Must be able to swim and capable of prolonged physical activity. Please bring a lunch and water. Transportation, guides, and all equipment included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Kayak The New (ages 12+) 50122 7/21/2018 - 7/21/2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Mountain Biking 101
Leave the asphalt behind and let us get you in gear for the trails. Learn the basics of mountain biking with an International Mountain Bike Association certified instructor. They will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to get out there on your own. Our guides also provide plenty of information on the best local trails and rides suited for your ability, which is helpful for anyone new to the sport. No experience necessary. Mountain bikes, helmets, and all instruction provided. Course will meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Mountain Biking 101 (ages 13+, 6/20) 52129 6/20/2018 - 6/20/2018 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM W Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Nature Art
Express your creative side and learn about nature in this fun and educational program! Participants can choose from a variety of activity stations. Make leaf prints and learn which trees the leaves come from, or paint a picture using "paints" from nature! This program is messy, so please dress accordingly! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Nature Art (8/25) 52140 8/25/2018 - 8/25/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Spring Hollow Exploration
The Spring Hollow Reservoir holds 3.2 billion gallons of water and is used as an important drinking water source, but this protected space also serves as a haven for wildlife and natural beauty. Experience this watershed that is generally closed to the public with our partners from the Western Virginia Water Authority. We will begin with a five mile interpretive hike around the reservoir—including the opportunity to cross over the 990 foot long dam. Afterwards, we will tour the Spring Hollow Water Treatment Facility and learn more about our drinking water’s journey from the Roanoke River to the faucet. Please pack a lunch for the hike and a water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Spring Hollow Exploration (ages 10+) 50125 6/23/2018 - 6/23/2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Spring Hollow Treatment Facility Info
Stand Up Paddleboarding
SUP is quickly becoming a favorite river activity for anyone who wants a fun and new way to play on the water. Start the experience with an on-land lesson taught by a certified paddleboard instructor followed by time in the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Top off the practice sessions with a trip on the river to get a true SUP experience. Must be able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Waitlist Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 6/27) 52131 6/27/2018 - 6/27/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 7/12) 52132 7/12/2018 - 7/12/2018 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Th Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 7/28) 52133 7/28/2018 - 7/28/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 8/18) 52144 8/18/2018 - 8/18/2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 8/8) 52134 8/8/2018 - 8/8/2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Wohlfahrt Haus
Enjoy a delicious Holiday feast before you are completely immersed in the Christmas season. This original production is stuffed with all the Christmas songs you know and love, as well as dazzling dance numbers and beautiful costumes! This fun-filled Holiday production also features a breath-taking Nativity which is sure to put the whole family in the Christmas Spirit. Don’t miss Virginia’s favorite Christmas tradition! Fee includes matinee theatre ticket, lunch, bus transportation and escort.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Wohlfhart Haus - The Wizard of OZ (age 18+) 32505 6/21/2018 - 6/21/2018 Th Info
Young Naturalist Series
Learn from our naturalist all about the flora and fauna of the area to work towards becoming an Explore Park Young Naturalist! Complete all sessions to receive your badge! Each session covers a different topic and will provide the opportunity to assemble materials and supplies, such as reference books, that will complete their Young Naturalist study kit. An adult must participate with each student to enhance the learning experience. Dress for outdoor activities and bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required. This program meets at Journey's End Parking Lot.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Young Naturalist Series: Raptors (6/24) 52114 6/24/2018 - 6/24/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Su Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
If A Forest Could Speak
Learn how to discover the history of a forest by observing its natural communities. On this hike we will discuss the age, maturity, and stability of the forest by identifying many native and non-native plants. We will also be discussing how human and natural events have shaped and will continue to affect the biodiversity of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Roanoke River Valley. Please bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register If A Forest Could Speak (16+)(7/15) 52155 7/15/2018 - 7/15/2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Su Read Mountain Preserve Info
Register If A Forest Could Speak (16+)(8/25) 52156 8/25/2018 - 8/25/2018 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Meditation With The Forest
Enter the forest and leave your stress behind. Join us to clarify your unity with nature, each other, and yourself. This guided hike will explore the meditative lessons that nature has to teach and will allow ample time for silent reflection among friends in the forest. Please bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Meditation With The Forest (16+)(6/24) 52157 6/24/2018 - 6/24/2018 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Su Happy Hollow Gardens Info
Register Meditation With The Forest (16+)(8/26) 52159 8/26/2018 - 8/26/2018 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM Su Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Melody in The Forest
Bringing about a deeper sense of awe and reverence for the forest, our Naturalist Davey Rogner will be performing some of his favorite nature songs while leading a short hike. Join him and his guitar for songs and lessons about the natural world that include topics such as: birds, bears, bees, rivers, and trees! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Melody in the Forest (ages 3-10)(7/14) 52160 7/14/2018 - 7/14/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Melody in the Forest (ages 3-10)(8/12) 52161 8/12/2018 - 8/12/2018 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Su Happy Hollow Gardens Info
Rainwater Catchment 101
Explore the techniques of collecting rainwater for use in a vegetable, forest, or rain garden. Learn how to size a cistern or rain barrel system appropriately, how to encourage groundwater replenishment, how to design swales, and how to incorporate small DIY rainwater fed ponds or wetland into your property. This course will be a formal lecture, discussion, and walk through of some of the techniques.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Rainwater Catchment 101 (16+)(7/21) 52162 7/21/2018 - 7/21/2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Rainwater Catchment 101 (16+)(8/18) 52163 8/18/2018 - 8/18/2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Forest Garden Ecology 101
Learn the basics of how to design and create a diverse perennial food forest. After this class you should have an understanding of how to weave the different elements of a designed plant community to produce many berries, mushrooms, herbs, fruit, and nuts on a small or large amount of land. It is recommended that you also take the rainwater catchment 101 class to get a full comprehensive picture of how to care for a forest garden.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Forest Garden Ecology 101 (16+)(7/22) 52164 7/22/2018 - 7/22/2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Su Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Forest Garden Ecology 101 (16+)(8/19) 52165 8/19/2018 - 8/19/2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Su Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Outdoor Yin Yoga
Take your practice beyond the studio and back to its roots. Join us in the fresh air of Explore Park for 90 minutes of guided meditation, pranayama breathwork, and asana practice to strengthen both body and mind. This all levels yin yoga class will teach you grounding techniques to stabilize and grow through your daily challenges. Please bring your own yoga mat. Participants are encouraged to also bring a water bottle, towel, and an open mind. Pre-registration is required. Class will meet at the Visitor Center and then take a short hike to the yoga area.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Outdoor Yin Yoga (18+)(6/23) 52151 6/23/2018 - 6/23/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Outdoor Yin Yoga (18+)(7/28) 52152 7/28/2018 - 7/28/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Outdoor Yin Yoga (18+)(8/25) 52153 8/25/2018 - 8/25/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Plein-Air Water Color: Advanced
An outdoor adventure in watercolor, improve your Plein Air skills while connecting to nature's beauty. Led by a Nationally Certified art instructor, this class is catered towards more advanced water colorists and will use the features of Explore Park as a backdrop to get your creativity flowing onto your canvas. Students will complete several paintings of live nature scenes. This course is recommended for painters who have taken the Plain air Basics course or who have equivalent experience. All materials will be provided. This program will meet at the Visitor Center and then relocate to the painting area. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Plein-Air Water Color: Advanced (16+) 52146 7/13/2018 - 7/27/2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM F Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Plein-Air Water Color: Advanced (ages 12-16) 52149 7/13/2018 - 7/27/2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM F Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Disc Golf 101
Mayflower Hills is open and ready to play! Join the experts from Roanoke Disc Golf Club and learn how to play the sport while picking up some beginner techniques to get started. We'll play the front 9 as a group and discuss rules and throwing technique as we go. Afterword, we'll answer any special questions and provide additional training or tips as needed. Nobody knows this course better than the volunteers who designed it from scratch, so you won't want to miss this exclusive opportunitiy. Preregistration is recommended, but drop-ins are welcome. The $3 reservation covers your course fee.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Disc Golf 101 33501 7/7/2018 - 7/7/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sa Explore Pa Info
Wild Things
Take a step on the wild side! Get up close and personal with animal ambassadors from the SW Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke! The first meeting will present a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Meeting two will feature insects and other crawly things. The final meeting will showcase animal that utilize their camouflage! This is a FREE program! No registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program meets at the Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Wild Things: Animals in Camouflage (8/11) 52136 8/11/2018 - 8/11/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Wild Things: insects (7/14) 52135 7/14/2018 - 7/14/2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Horse Camp (ages 8-18)
You can’t gallup until you learn to trot. Get started on the right hoof with the equine experts from Reba Farm. Saddle up for a week of adventures on horseback. Learn basic horsemanship skills and go on trail rides. Good for anyone who wants to really work with, ride, and understand horses. Work with different horses and breeds daily while learning life's lessons from a 1000 pound teammate. Our half-day program is for ages 8-11 only, and full-day is for up to age 18.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Horse Camp Full-Day (ages 8-18) 33653 7/23/2018 - 7/27/2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th,F Explore Pa Info
Register Horse Camp Full-Day (ages 8-18) 33654 8/6/2018 - 8/10/2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th,F Explore Pa Info
Register Horse Camp Half-Day (ages 8-11) 33651 7/16/2018 - 7/20/2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th,F Explore Pa Info
Register Horse Camp Half-Day (ages 8-11) 33652 7/30/2018 - 8/3/2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM M,Tu,W,Th,F Explore Pa Info
Western Riding Lessons (ages 8+)
Ready to ride like a cowboy? Learn horsemanship skills that are needed with any discipline of riding. Get a hands-on experience in this new weekly program at Explore Park Simply the most advanced lessons available, whether you're a beginner or experienced rider. Learn with a proven method that will take you further than you have ever imagined.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Western Horsemanship Riding Lessons (Ages 8+) 33655 8/15/2018 - 9/19/2018 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM W Explore Pa Info