Barter Theatre- White Christmas
Join us as we travel to Abingdon for this wonderful musical production of White Christmas. The show is a timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, making this show a holiday classic! Full of romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holidays,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” “Snow,” and the unforgettable title song “White Christmas!” A special highlight of the morning is shopping and enjoying a catered lunch buffet at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace (formerly known as Heartwood). The center showcases exhibits and demonstrations by local artisans and serves as a major venue on the Crooked Road Music Heritage Trail. Also, a stop at the Dutch Pantry in Rural Retreat, VA. Fee includes breakfast biscuit, Barter Matinee tickets, lunch buffet, bus transportation and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Barter Theatre- "White Christmas" 31894 12/3/2019 - 12/3/2019 7:00 AM - 7:45 PM Tu Brambleton Center Parking Lot Info
Bats!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Bats! 51103 10/26/2019 - 10/26/2019 Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Creepy Crawlies
Spiders, bugs, and centipedes! Oh my! Join a park naturalist on a mission to seek out sticky webs and animals who really do have too many legs to better understand their role in keeping a forest healthy. Observe from a distance and go for a hike, if you dare! Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Creepy Crawlies 51101 10/5/2019 - 10/5/2019 Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center 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 Christmas at Hotel Roanoke 31896 12/18/2019 - 12/18/2019 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM W Brambleton Info
Fun Times with Fungi
Walk with a park naturalist and see just how "mush room" in a forest is occupied by fungi! Learn how these mysterious organisms keep forests productive, impact human health, and puzzle scientists. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Fun Times with Fungi 51100 9/21/2019 - 9/21/2019 Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Horseback Halloween Family Ride
Bring the family out to experience an introductory horseback ride for beginners, through the rolling hills and woods surrounding Explore Park. We'll get into the spirit of Halloween, and costumes welcome!. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets and tack included. Stables are located less than two miles from Explore Park's service entrance on Rutrough Road. Rides will met at 3225 Deer Path Trail, Roanoke, VA 24014. Each session is limited to six riders, with a weight limit of 225 pounds. Minors under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered, participating adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Horseback Halloween Family Ride (ages 8+) 33759 10/26/2019 - 10/26/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Sa Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Horseback Halloween Family Ride (ages 8+) 33760 10/26/2019 - 10/26/2019 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Sa Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Horseback Halloween Family Ride (ages 8+) 33761 10/26/2019 - 10/26/2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sa Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Horseback Halloween Family Ride (ages 8+) 33762 10/26/2019 - 10/26/2019 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Sa Explore Pa Info
Horseback Harvest Moon Family Ride
Take advantage of the bright moonlight provided by September's Harvest Moon. Experience an evening ride on horseback through the rolling hills, fields and woodlands near Explore Park. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets and tack included. Stables are located less than two miles from Explore Park's service entrance on Rutrough Road. Rides will met at 3225 Deer Path Trail, Roanoke, VA 24014. Each session is limited to six riders, with a weight limit of 225 pounds. Minors under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered, participating adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Horseback Harvest Moon Family Ride (ages 8+) 33757 9/14/2019 - 9/14/2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sa Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Horseback Harvest Moon Family Ride (ages 8+) 33758 9/15/2019 - 9/15/2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Su Explore Pa 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
Register Introduction to River Kayaking: James River (Ages 12+) 52189 9/28/2019 - 9/28/2019 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Korner's Folly at Christmas
Come along to Kernersville, NC for a guided tour of this architectural wonder once billed as “The Strangest Home in the World.” Built in 1880 by Jule Korner, an Interior Designer and Artist, this 22 room mansion may look normal on the outside but inside you will be amazed at this “eccentric” home. There are no two doorways or windows exactly alike, ceilings ranging from 5-25 feet, odd little hallways, 15 fireplaces (all different), trap doors, and much more. You will marvel at the elaborate hand laid tile and carved woodwork. The Mansion is especially magical at Christmas, with floor to ceiling garland and trees in nearly every room. In the afternoon you will enjoy a fascinating tour and shopping at Replacements, Ltd. located in Greensboro, NC. This 500,000 square foot facility maintains the world’s largest inventory of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles, some 12 million pieces representing more than 400,000 patterns. If you are missing or have broken a piece of your very special China or crystal pattern, this is the place to find it! Fee includes breakfast biscuit, guided tour of Korner’s Folly, bus transportation, and tour escort. Dinner on your own at C&H Cafeteria in Kernersville. Kernersville. Kernersville.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Korner's Folly at Christmas 31895 12/10/2019 - 12/10/2019 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tu Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Leaving Fall with Falling Leaves!
Join a park naturalist to find out why in autumn we see greenery make like a tree and leaf. Get the skinny on leaf color changes, walk though the woods to see what leaves are up to after they fall, and make a leafy craft. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Leaving Fall with Falling Leaves! 51102 11/2/2019 - 11/2/2019 Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
New River Trail Ride
Take in autumn views of the ancient New River without getting in the water! Hop on a bike, pack a lunch and ride with us along the iconic New River Trail! As you set out from Dora Junction near Pulaski, this beginner-friendly ride will follow the river for 23 miles through moderate rolling terrain. The path will pass over bridges and trestles before ending at a historic 200 year old shot tower. Participants may bring their own bicycles, with rental bicycles being available for an additional fee. Participants and bicycles will be shuttled from Green Ridge Recreation Center to the trailhead at Dora Junction, enjoy a guided ride, and then board a return shuttle to Green Ridge. All participants must wear a helmet, rental bike fees include helmets. Participants should pack a lunch, snacks, water bottles, and clothing appropriate for a day cycling in the outdoors. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register New River Trail Ride 52191 11/2/2019 - 11/2/2019 Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area 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
Ready for Winter Walk and Craft
Bundle up and join the Park Naturalist on a walk looking for the signs of animals getting ready for Winter. We’ll observe and learn some facts and myths about animals (and plants) and their ability to predict the severity of the winter... After exploring the winter landscape we’ll head back inside for hands-on learning and a fun nature craft. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Ready For Winter Walk and Craft 51104 11/16/2019 - 11/16/2019 Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Scenic Horseback Trail Ride
Saddle up and experience real world riding with no experience needed. Travel through rolling hills, woodlands and fields in a pristine natural landscape near Explore Park. Must wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Helmets and tack included. Stables are located less than two miles from Explore Park's service entrance on Rutrough Road. Rides will met at 3225 Deer Path Trail, Roanoke, VA 24014. Each session is limited to six riders, with a weight limit of 225 pounds.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33751 9/14/2019 - 9/14/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sa Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33752 9/15/2019 - 9/15/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Su Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33753 10/25/2019 - 10/25/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM F Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33754 10/25/2019 - 10/25/2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM F Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33755 10/27/2019 - 10/27/2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Su Explore Pa Info
Cancelled Scenic Horseback Trail Ride (ages 18+) 33756 10/27/2019 - 10/27/2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Su Explore Pa 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. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Spring Hollow Exploration (ages 10+) 50145 11/2/2019 - 11/2/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Sa Spring Hollow Treatment Facility 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
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/10) 50146 9/10/2019 - 9/10/2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tu Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/18) 50147 9/18/2019 - 9/18/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 9/25) 50148 9/25/2019 - 9/25/2019 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Tu Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Virginia Creeper Spring Ride
Enjoy hours of pleasant cycling on the beautiful Virginia Creeper Trail! Beginning at the local high point of Whitetop Station we will take advantage of 17 miles of scenic and gently sloping terrain, providing an easy and novice-friendly ride to our end-point in historic Damascus, VA. Comfortable bikes, helmets, water bottles, and transportation are included in the registration cost. Participants have the option of bringing a packed lunch or purchasing lunch at the popular Creeper Trail Café mid-way through the ride. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Virginia Creeper Autumn Ride (Ages 10+) 52190 10/12/2019 - 10/12/2019 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area 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 Vultures! (all ages) 51099 9/7/2019 - 9/7/2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info