Animal Camouflage
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. 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 the Park’s diverse habitats home. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Animal Camouflage (ages 5+) 51095 8/10/2019 - 8/10/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot 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 33902 6/29/2019 - 6/29/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Pa Info
Mansions of Wythe County- Progressive Lunch
Prepare to spend the day touring and eating at three of Wythe County’s most historic and beautiful mansions! Your Progressive appetizer begins at Loretto, originally built in 1852 and has had the honor of being home to many esteemed Virginia statesman. Situated on thirteen acres against a backdrop of majestic 200 year old Oak Trees, this property is sure to delight. Your next stop is the stately Fort Chiswell Mansion where you will enjoy your main course. This 10,000 square foot brick colonial home built in 1839 stands like a fortress on a bluff above a busy highway where Interstate 81 and 77 converge. For more than a decade it has been lovingly restored by its current owner, who takes pleasure in sharing the history of this beautiful landmark. Your dessert awaits you at the Trinkle Mansion Bed and Breakfast built in 1912, steeped in rich history and stunningly restored where the attention to detail has been amazing. You will experience true Southern Hospitality when you enter the front door! Fee includes breakfast biscuit, progressive lunch and tour, bus transportation and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Waitlist Mansions of Wythe County- Progressive Lunch 31768 7/25/2019 - 7/25/2019 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Th 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 Explore Park Visitor's Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Mountain Biking 101 (ages 13+, 7/16) 51091 7/16/2019 - 7/16/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tu Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Cancelled Mountain Biking 101 (ages 13+, 8/6) 51092 8/6/2019 - 8/6/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tu Explore Park Visitor's Center 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. 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+, 7/10) 51088 7/10/2019 - 7/10/2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 7/31) 51089 7/31/2019 - 7/31/2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 8/13) 51090 8/13/2019 - 8/13/2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tu Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Pharsalia in September
This elegant home located in Nelson County offers stunning views of dePriest Mountain and was originally built in 1814 by William Massie. Steeped in rich history and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hospitality has been a hallmark for nearly two centuries. Your guided tour includes the beautiful interior of the home and many of the original buildings, which are still in use today! Your delicious lunch buffet will be held on the manicured grounds of Pharsalia. A final stop before we leave the Pharsalia area is the Silver Creek and Seaman’s Orchard Packing Shed where you can purchase apples, apple butter, jams, jellies, and much more. Fee includes breakfast biscuit, all tour fees, lunch, bus transportation, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Pharsalia in September 31826 9/18/2019 - 9/18/2019 7:15 AM - 6:00 PM W Brambleton Center Parking Lot Info
Quilts on Barns
What are barn quilts? They are large, hand painted quilt patterns typically displayed on the front or side of a barn. Each block is a vibrantly colored patchwork with its own unique design. Your travels will take you to Monroe County, West VA where you will have the opportunity to see several barn quilts and enjoy the fascinating history behind them. A step on guide from the historical society guides us through this scenic part of West VA. Special highlights of the day include lunch at the historic Rehoboth Church in Union, built in 1786 and a walking tour of Union including Ames Clair Hall and the Old Brick Church. The last stop of the day is at Cook’s Old Mill built in 1858! Fee includes breakfast biscuit, all tour fees, lunch, bus transportation, and trip guide!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Quilts on Barns 31827 10/22/2019 - 10/22/2019 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM Tu Brambleton Center Parking Lot Info
Introduction to River Kayaking: James River
Enjoy 5 miles of guided river kayaking and qualified paddling instruction on the scenic James River! This beginner friendly half-day trip will take paddlers from Arcadia to Alpine alongside the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest. All necessary equipment including sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, and PFDs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, sunscreen, and water. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Waitlist Introduction to River Kayaking: James River (Ages 12+) 52186 7/13/2019 - 7/13/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Introduction to River Kayaking: Roanoke River
Get on the river without getting out of town! Our certified instructor will guide you through 5.5 miles of beginner-friendly kayaking on the Roanoke River, where you will take in a local natural setting that can only be enjoyed from the middle of the river! All necessary equipment including sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, and PFDs will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Introduction to River Kayaking: Roanoke River (Ages 12+) 52187 8/3/2019 - 8/3/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Life in a Log
Trees that look like they are no longer growing are still a very important asset to the forest. Find out what lives and grows in, on and under seemingly dead trees. We’ll look closely at standing trees called snags and carefully roll and examine life in and under downed trees. You’ll be able to study our finds with magnifiers and observe animals’ adapted bodies and plant structure as well as learn about their life cycles. Find out what makes these fascinating animals and plants so important to the forest. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Life in a Log (ages 5+) 51094 7/27/2019 - 7/27/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
WILD about Reading!
Join our Park Naturalist and an Educator from the SW Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke for a fun and educational morning. Great non-fiction and fiction children’s books will set the stage for an encounter with education animal ambassadors from the Wildlife Center. To enhance the learning experience, we’ll have hands-on activities and if time allows, we’ll take a hike. We may even have a few surprises! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-Registration required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Backyard Animals! Opposum & Squirrel 51097 7/13/2019 - 7/13/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Owl Appreciation Day! (all ages) 51098 8/3/2019 - 8/3/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Vulture Day! Meet a real Black Vulture (all ages) 51099 9/7/2019 - 9/7/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat!
Level up your kayaking skills this summer! Learn to roll your boat in the comfort and safety of the pool, with enthusiastic coaching from an ACA certified instructor. Participants are required to bring a kayak (with fitting spray skirt), paddle, and PFD. Equipment can be provided on a limited basis for an additional fee. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat! (Ages 12+) 52188 7/24/2019 - 7/24/2019 Hollins University Pool Info