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
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+, 7/15) 50090 7/15/2017 - 7/15/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Register Canoe The James (Ages 10+, 8/5) 50091 8/5/2017 - 8/5/2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Look, Listen, and Feel: Discovering Nature
Join us at Explore Park to look, listen, feel, and even smell our way to discoveries! During this family friendly hike you will feel tree bark, smell plants, listen for animals, and more! We sense it is going to be a great time! This program will meet at Journey’s End parking lot. Please bring bottled water. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Look, Listen, and Feel: Discovering Nature (Ages 5+) 52066 8/12/2017 - 8/12/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center 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 (ages 21+) 52038 7/8/2017 - 7/8/2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Brambleton Info
Register Firearms Safety- Concealment Class (ages 21+) 52039 8/12/2017 - 8/12/2017 9:00 AM - 3:00 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+, 8/12) 50093 8/12/2017 - 8/12/2017 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 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+, 7/8) 50094 7/8/2017 - 7/8/2017 1:30 PM - 7:30 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
In the Dirt
Do you find yourself wanting to learn about nature but aren't interested in taking a long hike? You need not travel far to enjoy and nature, it is right under your feet! Join us at Explore Park to explore the forest floor that is within your arms length, and sitting down is encouraged! Digging tools, sorting containers, magnifiers, field guides, and a stereo-scope are all available to assist in digging through and discovering what's in the forest detritus and dirt. You may even want to bring something to sit on. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required. Group will meet at Explore Park's Journey's End parking lot.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register In the Dirt (Ages 5+) 52042 8/18/2017 - 8/18/2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM F 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+) 50089 7/30/2017 - 7/30/2017 9:00 AM - 5:00 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
Register Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Hoppiness (21+) 31244 8/26/2017 - 8/26/2017 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM W Info
Friday Morning Hikes
Get outside before the day gets too hot and take an easy going hike with a Naturalist. We will walk a different park each session and take time to explore and learn as we go. This program is geared for adults, but children are welcome to join! The Green Hill hike will meet at the trail head next to the softball fields. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Friday Morning Hikes (Ages 5+)(7/21) 52060 7/21/2017 - 7/21/2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM F Happy Hollow Gardens Info
Register Friday Morning Hikes (Ages 5+)(8/11) 52061 8/11/2017 - 8/11/2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM F Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Mountain Biking-Trail Ride Essentials
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-Trail Ride Essentials (ages 13+, 7/12) 52046 7/12/2017 - 7/12/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM W Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Mountain Biking-Trail Ride Essentials (ages 13+, 7/27) 52067 7/27/2017 - 7/27/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Th Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Mountain Biking-Trail Ride Essentials (ages 13+, 8/17) 52068 8/17/2017 - 8/17/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Th Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Nature in the Parks
Spend the morning exploring one of our area parks while we learn about the nature around us. We will take an age appropriate nature walk and follow it up with activities and a craft. After the program, feel free to stay and enjoy the playground and picnic facilities. This program is geared towards Pre-k and Kindergarten, but all youth are welcome to attend. Please dress accordingly for the weather and be prepared for the possibility of getting wet. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Nature in the Parks (Ages 3-12)(7/19) 52054 7/19/2017 - 7/19/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM W Garst Mill Park Info
Register Nature in the Parks (Ages 3-12)(8/9) 52055 8/9/2017 - 8/9/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM W Stonebridge Park Info
Opossums 101
Learn all about North America's only marsupial and find out why this fascinating animal deserves our respect and admiration. This program includes a variety of fun hands-on activities, a take home opossum informational booklet, and cast tracks to help you find and track opossums that might be living in your own backyard! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required. Course meets at Journey's End Parking Lot.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Opossums 101 (Ages 5+) 52040 7/22/2017 - 7/22/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Pillbugs
What is cute, tiny, lives in your backyard, and is related to lobsters? Roll on down to Explore Park to discover the fascinating world of a terrestrial isopod! Using hands-on investigation, we'll look under rocks and make some new "Roly-Poly" friends! Magnifiers, containers, and stereo-scope available for close observations. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required. Group will meet at Explore Park's Journey's End parking lot.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Pillbugs (Ages 5+) 52041 7/29/2017 - 7/29/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Riverwalk Hike
Come for a guided hike along Explore Park’s Riverwalk Trail! This mostly flat trail offers terrific views of the Roanoke River. Along the way we will discuss the river and its ecology, and maybe even a little history! We might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a Bald Eagle! This program will meet at Journey’s End parking lot. Please bring a bottle of water. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Riverwalk Hike (Ages 5+) 52065 7/30/2017 - 7/30/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Su Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Science Outside
Spend the morning outside as we engage in some fun hands-on science activities! The first session will cover stream ecology and the opportunity to test the water quality of one of our streams! Be prepared to get wet! The second session will provide the opportunity to learn about the sun and solar energy and a chance to try your hand at cooking with a solar oven! Lastly, if you want to get dirty then join us for the final session which is all about soil! This program is geared for elementary aged kids, but all youth are welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather and activity. Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Science Outside (Ages 3-12)(8/7) 52058 8/7/2017 - 8/7/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM M Stonebridge Park Info
Register Science Outside(Ages 3-12)(7/17) 52057 7/17/2017 - 7/17/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM M Garst Mill Park 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 able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included. Group will meet at The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 6/30) 52047 6/30/2017 - 6/30/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM F Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 7/25) 52069 7/25/2017 - 7/25/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Tu Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 7/8) 52048 7/8/2017 - 7/8/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+,8/12) 52070 8/12/2017 - 8/12/2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center 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+)(7/14) 52072 7/14/2017 - 7/14/2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM F Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
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
Exploring the Wetlands
This family friendly hike will take you to the different wetland areas found in Explore Park to learn about what makes these places unique, who lives there, and why each one is important to the ecology of the park! The program will wrap up with a wetland inspired craft! Please meet at 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 Exploring the Wetlands (Ages 5+) 52064 7/15/2017 - 7/15/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Wild Edible Plants
Explore the flora of the park and find out how previous generations foraged plants for food, medicine, household items and more! Pre-registration is required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Wild Edible Plants 52044 8/26/2017 - 8/26/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park- Journey's End Parking Lot Info
Floyd Jamboree
Listen and dance to bluegrass, country, and gospel music at the Floyd Country Store. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the local restaurants. Fee includes admission to the Jamboree, escorts, and van transportation.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Floyd Jamboree (age 18+) 32922 7/21/2017 - 7/21/2017 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM F 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