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
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
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
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
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