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51st Annual Girl Scout Day

September 18 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors and… Bears?

For more than half a century, Grandfather Mountain has celebrated the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, and the tradition continues Saturday, Sept. 18, as the Linville, N.C., nature park hosts the 51st annual Girl Scout Day.

On Girl Scout Day, all Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders are admitted to Grandfather Mountain for free, while discounted admission is available for family members joining them.

The tradition started in 1971, when Grandfather Mountain “adopted” the Girl Scouts. The scouts returned the favor by adopting Grandfather’s mascot, Mildred the black bear, even presenting her with special pins to celebrate her years with the organization.

Fifty years later, scouts will return to Grandfather for a mountain’s worth of outdoor fun.

“Grandfather Mountain is the ideal place for the girls to not only meet other Girl Scouts, but to also get outside to enjoy nature and the unique ecosystem featured here at Grandfather,” said Lauren Farrell, interpretation and education programs coordinator for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the park.

Activities include nature hikes, an interactive “Animal CSI” exercise, weather exploration, a keynote speaker presentation, habitats tours and more.

The fun starts at 11 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Reservations are not required for Girl Scouts, troop leaders and accompanying family members. For more information, call (828) 733-4326, or email naturalists@grandfather.com.


  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Exploratory Hike – Meet at Woods Walk
  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Discovery/Sensory Table – Visit at Woods Walk
  • 12 to 12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:30 to 1 p.m.: Animal CSI/Skull Identification Meet at the Butterfly Garden across from the Fudge Shop
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Speaker – Meet in the Sunroom at Mildred’s Grill
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Black Rock Nature Hike – Meet at Black Rock Parking Lot
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Nature/Weather Exploration –  Meet at the bottom of the stairs to the Mile High Swinging Bridge
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Speaker – Meet in the Sunroom at Mildred’s Grill
  • 3 to 4 p.m.: Habitat Question Session – Explore Grandfather Mountain’s environmental wildlife habitats and chat with the naturalists stationed there to learn about the animals who call Grandfather home.

Note: Schedule is subject to change. Schedules will also be posted in the park during Girl Scout Day. 


September 18
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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