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
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
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