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
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
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
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