Beginner Kayaking Trip
Join us for a leisurely and fun stretch of the nearby James River with our experienced guides. Following an orientation with your kayak, paddle down river and enjoy the natural surroundings with breaks and time for lunch along the way. Each participant gets an individual sit-on-top kayak. No experience necessary. Must be able to swim. Transportation and all equipment included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Beginner Kayaking (ages 12+) 50097 9/17/2017 - 9/17/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
A 43 year old tradition, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is for lovers of everything from mule jumpers, to musicians, to antique tractors. We will spend the day at Ferrum College, enjoying everything that makes up the roots of the Blue Ridge area. Considered the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia, the festival features performers, artisans, foods and unique activities that you won’t find at typical festivals. According to the New York Times, the festival is "thoroughly authentic"! Fee includes ticket to festival, water, van transportation and escorts. Lunch is on your own at the festival.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Blue Ridge Folklife Festival 31239 10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Sa Brambleton Info
Horseback Riding- Scenic Family Ride
Seated adjacent to the Peaks of Otter and with endless miles of trail, join the equine experts at Reba Farm and enjoy scenic landscapes while learning to ride and work with your horse companion. Participants will learn basic horsemanship skills including mounting, riding technique, and more before setting off on a guided countryside 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 Family Ride (ages 8+, 10/22) 50099 10/22/2017 - 10/22/2017 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Register Horseback Riding- Scenic Family Ride (ages 8+, 9/30) 50098 9/30/2017 - 9/30/2017 1:30 PM - 7:30 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
Register Horseback Riding- Wildlife Excursion (ages 8+, 10/8) 50100 10/8/2017 - 10/8/2017 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Register Horseback Riding- Wildlife Excursion (ages 8+, 11/12) 50101 11/12/2017 - 11/12/2017 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Waitlist Horseback Riding- Wildlife Excursion (ages 8+, 8/19) 50095 8/19/2017 - 8/19/2017 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Horsemanship for Active Adults
Horses are not just for the young, but for the young at heart! No matter your age, we have the right techniques, the right horses, and years of horsemanship expertise and knowledge. Choose the experience that’s right for you! Whether you're eager to saddle-up and get on the trail or would like to learn more about horse handling, grooming, and feeding, it's all possible! Conclude the day with a cowboy-style meal served at the barn. Meal, equipment, and transportation included in the fee. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Horsemanship for Active Adults (ages 45+) 50096 9/10/2017 - 9/10/2017 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Hoppiness
Ready to try new breweries, make new friends and eat good food? Then you're ready to pursue hoppiness! Join us for a brewery tour of some of the Shenandoah Valley's most popular breweries. First, we will stop at 7 Arrows Brewing, where you will get a private tour of their facility. Enjoy a flight of their favorite beers before heading to lunch, on your own, at Clementine, an eclectic American eatery in historic downtown Harrisonburg. After lunch, we will continue the tour to Brothers Craft Brewing to try their flight and enjoy their facility, a renovated soda bottling plant. We will finish up with Pale Fire Brewing, a renovated ice house, where you will get a private tour and special merchandise discounts. Fee includes all flights of beer at each brewery, water, snacks, bus transportation and escorts. Must be 21 years of age by date of the trip.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Hoppiness (21+) 31244 8/26/2017 - 8/26/2017 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sa Brambleton 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+, 10/19) 52083 10/19/2017 - 10/19/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Th Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Mountain Biking 101 (ages 13+, 9/12) 52082 9/12/2017 - 9/12/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tu Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Outdoor Cooking
From the backyard to the backcountry, there is more to outdoor cooking than hotdogs over the fire and dehydrated food from a bag. Join us at Camp Roanoke for a cooking adventure as we teach you how easy it can be to cook delicious and healthy meals outdoors! This class will cover multiple types of camping stoves, dutch oven cooking, and cooking directly over a fire. With 500 nights camped and 6000 miles hiked in the last eight years, Outdoor Educator Susan Powell has fed many a happy camper. She will surely be able to pass along some edible tidbits for the aspiring outdoor chef. All cooking supplies and food are included. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Fire Building & Family Cookout 52088 9/30/2017 - 9/30/2017 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sa Camp Roano 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+) 50102 10/7/2017 - 10/7/2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Spring Hollow Reservoir 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. Group will meet at The Carvins Cove boat ramp.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+)(9/9) 52084 9/9/2017 - 9/9/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 10/18) 52093 10/18/2017 - 10/18/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 10/6) 52092 10/6/2017 - 10/6/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM F Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/14) 52085 9/14/2017 - 9/14/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tu,Th Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/19) 52086 9/19/2017 - 9/19/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tu Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/21) 52087 9/21/2017 - 9/21/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Th Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+,8/31) 52071 8/31/2017 - 8/31/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Th Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Evening SUP Intro
Have a long day at work, or looking for a fun evening activity? Come enjoy this beginner's SUP course in the fresh evening air! Start the experience with an on-land lesson, taught by a certified paddleboarding instructor, followed by time on the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Finish off the course with a trip on the river to get a true SUP experience! Must be able to swim. Course designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction are included. Group will meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Evening SUP Intro (ages 13+)(8/23) 52073 8/23/2017 - 8/23/2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM W Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Flora & Fauna: Intro to Historic Uses
Explore and discover the variety of flora and fauna of the park and find out how previous generations relied on the bounty of the forest to survive and thrive! Many basic needs such as food, medicine, shelter, clothes, household items, and more, can be found within the Explore Park boundaries! Hands-on samples of animal and plant products will be available, as well as other educational resources. Course meets at the Journey's End Parking Lot. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Flora & Fauna: Intro to Historic Uses (10+) 52078 10/7/2017 - 10/7/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot 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
Register Wohlfhart Haus - Christmas Tradition (age 18+) 32888 12/12/2017 - 12/12/2017 Tu Info
When the Shopping is Greener on the Other Side
Do you love the idea of shopping in Charlottesville for the day, but dislike the idea of driving there? Let us drive for you! We will spend the day shopping at the Shops at Stonefield, a neighborhood shopping center for fun, fashion, food and films. You can find shops like Brooks Brothers, Costco*, L'Occitane, Lululemon Athletica, Pottery Barn and Trader Joe's, to name a few! Lunch is on your own at Stonefield, with options including Maddio's Pizza, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Mission BBQ and Noodles & Company. Finish the day shopping for more or grabbing a donut at Duck Donuts! *Please note that Costco requires a membership - this is not included in the trip. Fee includes van transportation fees.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
When the Shopping is Greener on the Other Side 31288 11/9/2017 - 11/9/2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Th Brambleton Info
Festival of Trees- Hotel Roanoke
Take some time for yourself during the busy holiday season and treat yourself to the fabulous luncheon buffet at Hotel Roanoke. Stop at the downtown farmers market on the ways to the hotel and experience the different arts and crafts they have to offer. Enjoy the beautiful decorations of the hotel and the grand display of trees decorated by area businesses. After lunch enjoy a local antique and primitive shop. You will find something unique for any member on your Christmas list. From mason jars to rusty starts they have it all. Fee includes, lunch buffet, festival of trees, van transportation and escorts.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Festival of Trees - Hotel Roanoke 32463 12/7/2017 - 12/7/2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Th Brambleton Info
Wilderness First Aid Clinic
Whether you're hiking, biking, boating, or climbing it's best to be prepared for the unknown! In this clinic participants will gain crucial skills and knowledge to better assess and address first aid matters that arise in the backcountry, wilderness setting or when emergency care is unavailable. Please bring a water bottle, lunch and snacks, and dress weather appropriate. All other materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Wilderness First Aid Clinic (Ages 14+) 50103 10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sa Camp Roanoke Info
Animal Camouflage
Believe it or not, there are hundreds of animals that make the 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 family friendly program where we’ll learn the secrets of the animal adaptations that allow animals of all sizes to hide in plain sight. Take a walk, look closely and discover some of the tracks and traces of the hidden animals that call this habitat home. Course meets at the Journey's End Parking Lot. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Animal Camouflage (Ages 5+) 52077 9/16/2017 - 9/16/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Info
Horseback Riding- Cross Country Campout
Capture the spirit of adventure on this all-inclusive backcountry excursion. You will first be introduced to horse packing, where all gear and supplies are carried on horseback, as well as basic horsemanship skills. Next, everyone will be partnered with a horse and set out on a cross country ride to a peaceful and private campsite. At camp you have options for more riding and exploring or just relax and enjoy the provided snacks and beverages. Expect a delicious dinner and campfire for the evening and a hearty breakfast and scenic ride in the morning. No experience necessary. Trail guides, meals, transportation, helmets, and camping gear provided. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Horseback Riding- Cross Country Campout (ages 12+) 50104 10/28/2017 - 10/29/2017 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Su,Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Aerial Ropes Course: Reaching New Heights
Leave the ground behind and conquer new heights on Camp Roanoke's aerial ropes course. Participants will have the opportunity to ascend into the trees, with safety at the forefront of the experience, and navigate through an exciting series of eight different high ropes challenges before dismounting, via an exhilarating zip line, and returning to the ground. All safety equipment and instruction will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum weight for participation is 250 lbs.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Aerial Ropes Course: Reaching New Heights (ages 12+) 50105 11/5/2017 - 11/5/2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Su Camp Roano Info
Fall Colors Walk
Explore the beauty and mysteries of fall colors in the Blue Ridge. Join our naturalist at Explore Park for a family-friendly one mile guided nature walk where exciting seasonal changes will be discussed and many beautiful colors will be enjoyed! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing and bring a water bottle. Pre-registration is required. Course will meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Fall Colors Walk (Ages 3+, 10/21) 52080 10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Fall Colors Walk (Ages 3+, 10/28) 52081 10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Overnight Canoe Camping
Join us on a 21-mile overnight canoe trip on the James River from Eagle Rock to Buchanan. On day one, we'll go over basic canoe skills and paddle strokes before hitting the water with all overnight gear in tow. We'll paddle about 13 miles, encountering several class I and II rapids. After a fun day on the river, we'll camp out right along the river at Horseshoe Bend, complete with a guide-prepared dinner and dessert over the campfire. Day two will take us further down the river, past Richie's Falls, and several other rapids as we make our way to the take out in Buchanan. Transportation, equipment, guides, and food is included. No experience is necessary.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Overnight Canoe Camping Trip 52089 9/23/2017 - 9/24/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Su,Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Ultra-Light Backpacking Workshop
It’s the hot topic in the world of backpacking these days – how to reducethe weight in your pack, but still be safe and comfortable. Join us for this show and tell session to getsome ideas, learn some tricks and see what new gear and clothing is available.You’ll also learn about backcountrysafety, clothing and body temperature regulation, footwear and feet-relatedproblems, first aid on the trail, and food and nutrition on the trail. Ourinstructor has personally completed a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail (andseveral other trails!), so this is a great clinic for those considering thesame!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Ultra-light Backpacking Workshop 52090 9/14/2017 - 9/14/2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Th Info
Alien Invaders: Invasive Species
Invasive species can be plants, animals and other organisms, and these alien invaders are overtaking our forests, parks and backyards! In SW Virginia, terrestrial non-natives are quickly crowding out our delicate natives. Join us for an exciting day of learning about invasive species, what you can do to help and protect our local environment, and what support resources are available. Bring samples of plants in your yard for identification, and learn how to control the aliens invading your own backyard!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Alien Invaders: Invasive Species 52091 10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Info