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Friday, Sept. 20

1 to 5 p.m., Book Signing with Tony Scales — Come out to State Line Overlook to meet Tony Scales, author of the book “The Breaks”. He will be selling and signing copies of his book, and will also be available just to talk and teach about the historical and natural significance of the area. So stop by and say hello! FREE ACTIVITY UNLESS PURCHASING A BOOK.


6 p.m., Grandma Kept a Buckeye in Her Purse — Why did grandma keep a Buckeye in her purse? Come to this activity at the Amphitheater across the road from Rhododendron Lodge. and meet naturalist John Tierney to find out the answer to that question as well as to learn about the many uses of these mountains plants and trees the way the old timers used them . FREE ACTIVITY


7 p.m., The Wonderful World of Snakes — Snakes are very misunderstood creatures. Many a tale and story have been spun about these “evil” animals. In reality snakes are very beneficial animals and they come in all shapes and sizes. Meet our Park Naturalist Jayd Raines at the Amphitheater across the road from Rhododendron Lodge. as he introduces you to these interesting animals and will present live examples from different parts of Kentucky and Virginia. FREE ACTIVITY


8:30 p.m., Mist Netting for Bats — Bats are a very secretive animal and to see them, you have to be in their habitat at the right time. Meet Jason Butler, an environmental consultant at the Visitor Center for a short commute to a location where he will be setting up mist nets for bats. This will give you the opportunity to see a bat close up and learn all about them! FREE ACTIVITY


Saturday, Sept. 21

8 a.m., Early Morning Bird Hike — Meet at the Visitor Center this AM for some early morning bird watching. David Raines, park volunteer and avid ornithologist will take you out to see the many species of the Park that spend their time here. It will be great opportunity to look at birds and learn how to identify them by the way they look and the way that they sing! A short commute may be in order. FREE ACTIVITY


9 a.m. until noon, Book Signing with Tony Scales — Come out to Visitor Center to meet Tony Scales, author of the book “The Breaks”. He will be selling and signing copies of his book, and will also be available just to talk and teach about the historical and natural significance of the area. So stop by and say hello! FREE ACTIVITY UNLESS PURCHASING A BOOK.


10 a.m., Edible and Medicinal Plant Hike — Many of our native plant species have historically been used by old timers for food, medicine and many other things. Join naturalist John Tierney at the Visitor Center to go on a short hike to look for these many plants that were at one time so often used by our ancestors. FREE ACTIVITY


10:30 a.m. until noon, Geocaching, A Modern Day Hide and Seek — Geocaching is a great family activity of high tech hide and seek! This geocaching event will be held in front of the Visitor Center , will start at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12 noon. After the event will be a great opportunity for grabbing some lunch and caching in the park. It will be a great time for all ages! FREE ACTIVITY


1 p.m., Geological Hike with Tony Scales — Meet at the State Line Overlook Parking Lot for a step back in time with geologist and book author Tony Scales. You will learn about the unique geology of the park as well as the history and natural resources of the area. This trail is rated as easy to moderate, with some steep uphill and downhill walking required. Please wear appropriate close toed footwear. FREE ACTIVITY


4 p.m., Stream Ecology Field Trip — Streams are extremely important environmental indicators and will let you know when environmental issues are amiss when other parts of the environment are not yet showing signs. Meet biologist Jason Butler at the Visitor Center for a short drive down to Camp Branch Stream to learn what to look for and how to find it. Wear old cloths and prepare to get a little wet as you look for the critters that tell us how healthy the stream is. FREE ACTIVITY


6 p.m., Raptors Alive! — Raptors, or birds of prey are the apex predator of the skies. Meet Mitch Whitaker, raptor rehabilitator and Master Falconer, along with his feathered friends to learn about these wonderful birds. Program meets at the Amphitheater across the road from Rhododendron Lodge. FREE ACTIVITY


7 p.m., Wapiti in the East — Elk (known by the Shawnee Indians as “Wapiti”, meaning white rump) were present in these mountains until overhunting caused their extinction in the 1800s. Today, through release efforts by Kentucky and Virginia Fish and Wildlife Resources, these animals once again roam our great states. Meet Johnny Wills, biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, as he speaks about the recent Elk introduction project in Virginia. Will be taking place at the Amphitheater across the road from Rhododendron Lodge. FREE ACTIVITY


8:30 p.m., Owl Prowl and Mist Netting for Bats — Bats are a very secretive animal and to see them, you have to be in their habitat at the right time. Meet Jason Butler, an environmental consultant at the Visitor Center for a short commute to a location where he will be setting up mist nets for bats. This will give you the opportunity to see a bat close up and learn all about them! FREE ACTIVITY

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