Beginner Kayaking Trip
Join us for a leisurely and fun stretch of the nearby James River with our experienced guides. Following an orientation with your kayak, paddle down river and enjoy the natural surroundings with breaks and time for lunch along the way. Each participant gets an individual sit-on-top kayak. No experience necessary. Must be able to swim. Transportation and all equipment included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Kayak The James (ages 12+) 50157 5/17/2020 - 5/17/2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Explore Bottom Creek Gorge
Enjoy a dramatic view of one of Virginia’s tallest waterfalls! This hike through Bottom Creek Gorge Preserve covers a moderate 4.5 mile loop and features sections of old growth forest, remnants of historic homesteads, and an impressive overlook of Bent Mountain Falls. Transportation provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Explore Bottom Creek Gorge (ages 10+) 52202 3/28/2020 - 3/28/2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Dr. Kevin Kelleher, author of “Tenkara: Radically Simple Fly Fishing” will present this exciting and informative workshop. Workshop participants will compare traditional fly fishing to the Tenkara Japanese rods and methods: includes casting, strategies and tips, locating fish, and a mini fly tying demo. Participants will also get an introduction to aquatic insect live cycles - macro-invertebrates and the importance of water quality. Rods and reels will be provided or bring your own. Workshop will include time on the Roanoke River. Pre-registration required.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Introduction to Fly Fishing (ages 12+) 51113 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center 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+) 50156 5/3/2020 - 5/3/2020 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Su Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Let's Go Caving
A unique and protected environment, wild caves offer adventure and awe right under our feet. Emphasizing responsible caving, join us as we navigate, crawl and climb thourgh passages and chambers to see beautiful formations and experience this underground world. No experience necessary. Must be capable of strenuous activity. All equipment and transportation provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Let's Go Caving (ages 10+) 50155 3/7/2020 - 3/7/2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area 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+) 50154 4/25/2020 - 4/25/2020 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+, 4/22) 52209 4/22/2020 - 4/22/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 5/12) 52210 5/12/2020 - 5/12/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tu Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 5/28) 52211 5/28/2020 - 5/28/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Th Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Register Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+, 6/10) 52212 6/10/2020 - 6/10/2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W Carvins Cove Boat Ramp Info
Virginia Creeper Winter Ride
Enjoy hours of pleasant cycling along the 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 Winter Ride (Ages 10+) 52195 2/29/2020 - 2/29/2020 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
James Madison’s Montpelier
Join us as we travel to scenic Orange County, VA to explore the magnificent lifelong residence of our fourth President of the United States, James Madison and his beloved wife, Dolley. Your fully guided tour of this architectural gem touches on a little bit of everything: Madison the man, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, Slavery- Madison’s worst regret and on Dolley Madison, America’s “First Lady.” Also, a special highlight of the day is a visit to Barboursville Ruins, former mansion of Governor James Barbour, preserved as a ruin after its destruction by fire in 1884. This is one of three residences designed by Thomas Jefferson, Barbour’s close friend. Today the estate is an award winning vineyard, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting of some of Virginia’s finest wines. There is a ten minute walk to the ruins. Fee includes bus transportation, breakfast biscuit, all tour fees, a boxed lunch from the Exchange Café in Montpelier, wine tasting/tour and trip guide. Dinner on your own!
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register James Madison’s Montpelier 31935 4/28/2020 - 4/28/2020 6:45 AM - 7:45 PM Tu Brambleton Center Parking Lot Info
Pacabella Farm- Alpacas and Boutique
What’s an Alpaca, you say? Well it is somewhat like a llama, only smaller. Did you know the Alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic and incredible soft on the skin? If you want to learn all about Alpacas and get up close and personal with these adorable creatures, come travel with us to Pacabella farm located in Wirtz, VA. You will also have the opportunity to make your very own Nesting Ball, hand- filled with Alpaca fiber to give your backyard bird friends a head start on their spring nests! Also, included is a boxed lunch from the Roanoker where you will enjoy a picnic at Pacabella. A special treat of the day is a stop at Homestead Creamery! Fee includes van transportation, Nesting ball, boxed lunch, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Pacabella Farm- Alpacas and Boutique 31937 5/5/2020 - 5/5/2020 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM Tu Brambleton Info
Dinner on the Grounds in Rocky Mount, VA
This delightful tour will have you laughing, singing, and most of all intrigued by the wonderful history associated with three of the town’s historic churches. Your step on guide from the Franklin County Historical Society will tell you true tales about the people who built and attended each church and the structural details that make the buildings so unique. Trinity Episcopal Church is known for their beautiful antique windows, Rocky Mount Presbyterian Church has an interesting history associated with the local resident “Blue Lady” ghost and colorful art glass windows. Rocky Mount United Methodist Church features a beautiful wall size altar mural and art glass windows. You will also be enlightened on how “Moonshine” has played an important role in the history of Franklin County. This trip promises to have many surprises along the way. You will definitely want to have your camera handy! Also, special highlights of the day include an old fashioned sing along with a church choir and "dinner on the grounds” inside a local church with the atmosphere of a yesteryear picnic. Your day ends with a tour of the Harvester Performance Center, a wonderful music venue for well-known artists and groups. Fee includes bus transportation, step on guide, all tour fees, lunch and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Dinner on the Grounds in Rocky Mount, VA 31936 5/20/2020 - 5/20/2020 7:45 AM - 5:15 PM W Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Salamander Series
Spring into budding romances with a celebrity found only in the southeastern U.S., the Marbled Salamander. Join a naturalist at Explore Park to walk between ponds and pools to catch signs of this delicate, silent, secretive animal during its mating season. See how these creatures support ecosystem health. Build a drum to get a feel for how salamanders use vibration to navigate. Red light filters will be provided. Dress for rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Salamander Series (ages 5+) (3/21) 51110 3/21/2020 - 3/21/2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Salamander Series (ages 5+) (3/7) 51109 3/7/2020 - 3/7/2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Register Salamander Series (ages 5+) (4/4) 51111 4/4/2020 - 4/4/2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Shatley Springs
Come and see for yourself the best kept secret in Northwestern North Carolina. This Inn and Restaurant known for its delicious all-you-can-eat family style country cooking has delighted travelers for many decades. A special highlight of the day will be visiting two small churches in West Jefferson and Glendale Springs, NC which are known for their beautiful Italian style frescos. These large, lifelike paintings created by NC native Ben Long, will leave you in awe of how truly beautiful they are. One of them depicts “The Last Supper.” The last stop of the day is the Ashe County Cheese Store where you will not only shop but also see the fascinating process of cheese making. Fee includes lunch at Shatley Springs, all tour fees, bus transportation, breakfast biscuit, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Shatley Springs 31986 6/3/2020 - 6/3/2020 7:00 AM - 7:45 PM Tu Brambleton Center- Parking Lot Info
Beliveau Farm Estate
This beautiful 165 acre farm tucked away in the picturesque Catawba Valley near Blacksburg, is home to not only a wonderful Bed and Breakfast, but the award winning Beliveau Winery. Also, every June the very popular Lavender Festival is held here at the farm and you will be able to experience the incredible sight and scent of fresh lavender! Joyce Beliveau’s passion is lavender and she will introduce you to this wonderful herbal plant with a delightful talk! She will also tell you the fascinating story of how her and her husband, Yvan’s dream came true in the purchase of Beliveau. You will also enjoy a delicious lunch buffet prepared by their wonderful chef. A special highlight of the day is a photo stop at Sinking Creek Covered Bridge in Newport, VA, a 70 foot long red wooden bridge built in 1916. Fee includes lunch buffet, bus transportation, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Beliveau Farm Estate 31987 6/24/2020 - 6/24/2020 7:00 AM - 7:45 PM Tu Brambleton Center- Parking Lot Info
Wohlfahrt Haus- How Sweet the Sound
Join us as we travel to the Dinner Theatre in Wytheville, VA to enjoy this wonderful production celebrating life through the gift of music and song. Your heart will be stirred by the amazingly talented cast and musicians who will entertain you with an array of inspirational hymns, soul-lifting spirituals, and toe tapping gospel selections. Fee includes lunch, matinee ticket, bus transportation, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Wohlfahrt Haus- How Sweet the Sound 31989 7/23/2020 - 7/23/2020 7:00 AM - 7:45 PM Tu Brambleton Center- Parking Lot Info
Andrew Johnston House & The Palisades Restaurant
This beautiful Georgian style home located in Pearisburg, VA was built in 1829 by Colonel Andrew Johnston. This oldest surviving brick house in Giles County still boasts many of its original features including numerous pieces of Johnston’s family furniture. Your guided tour includes the house and the 1857 doctor’s office, which was occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil Way. Walk the beautiful grounds and browse in the Museum. Dinner is on your own at the Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, VA. Located in the old Pyne’s General Store, which once was a vibrant business for many years, now is home to this upscale eatery known for its contemporary cuisine with a wide array of menu items. Fee includes all tour fees, van transportation, and trip guide.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Andrew Johnston House & The Palisades Restaurant 31990 8/20/2020 - 8/20/2020 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM Th Brambleton Info
Full Moon Hike (ages 5+)
Lace up your boots for an evening stroll on Explore Park’s trails. Use the light of the Moon to see how nocturnal nature looks when, as E.E. Cummings describes it, “the world becomes mudluscious and puddlewonderful”. A nature guide will provide flashlight covers and access to an animal call library to help you discover what newly awakened creatures are out singing spring songs to the Moon. This program is rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to dress accordingly.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Full Moon Hike (ages 5+) 51112 3/9/2020 - 3/9/2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM M Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
BioMimicry
Jumpstart your Earth Day celebrations with a nature guide at Explore Park who will show why and how imitation is the highest form of flattery on all of planet Earth. See how humans have learned to make fashion functional, enjoy a meal, and even build entire rail systems from plants, birds, and slime molds. Enjoy a short hike to the Roanoke River to catch sight of some of our best engineering muses.
Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register BioMimicry (all ages) 51114 3/21/2020 - 3/21/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Info
Springing Open!
Celebrate the start of spring with a short hike on the Hinchee Trail. A nature guide will lead the way along this new gem, all the while spying on oak and redbud leaf buds in addition the early birds (among other animals) who nibble on them. As you climb onward and upward so too will fiddle heads on ferns. Enjoy a quite pause to look for signs that friends with four paws, just might be ready to wake up from a long winter nap. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Springing Open! (all ages) 51115 4/18/2020 - 4/18/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Hinchee Park Info
Butterflies
Butterflies are nature’s super heroes and they save the world every day! Plants and animals depend on butterflies and other pollinators for their very lives. Learn to identify local species and their life cycles. Take a walk, look close and discover butterflies. Participates will get to make a butterfly feeder, learn how to encourage backyard butterflies, and receive a butterfly checklist. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Butterflies (all ages) 51116 5/16/2020 - 5/16/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
Turtles
Turtles are the cool reptiles that are at home everywhere they go! Meet some real turtles, examine shells and learn all about the different turtles that call Virginia home. We’ll take a walk and see if we can find some turtles in the wild. Participants will get to paint their own paper machè turtle. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Turtles (all ages) 51117 5/30/2020 - 5/30/2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Sa Explore Park Visitor's Center Info
High Bridge Trail Ride
Join us for 31 miles of cycling along the beautiful High Bridge Trail! Beginning at the Pamplin trailhead, the morning ride will take us through gently rolling terrain, stopping for lunch at our midway point in Farmville, VA. The afternoon will carry us over the Appomattox River via the trail’s namesake High Bridge; a 2,400’ long span which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Comfortable bikes, helmets, and transportation are included in the registration cost. Participants are encouraged to bring water and snacks for the day, with the option of bringing a packed lunch or purchasing lunch at our stop in Farmville mid-way through the ride. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register High Bridge Trail Ride 52201 5/2/2020 - 5/2/2020 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info
Explore the Peaks of Otter!
Join us at the Peaks of Otter for one of the most popular hikes in the Roanoke area! The Sharp Top Trail is a strenuous 3 mile out-and-back trail that climbs steeply to a panoramic view of the surrounding Piedmont and Shenandoah valleys. Participants should be prepared for a stout hike while carrying their own water and food, as there are no water sources along the trail. Transportation provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Activity Name Code Dates Times Days Location
Register Explore the Peaks of Otter! 52203 4/11/2020 - 4/11/2020 Sa Green Ridge Lobby Area Info