Date: Saturday September 16 , 2017
Time: 09:00 am - 03:30 pm
Category: Featured Events
Cost: FREE for Girl Scouts and troop leaders

Join your fellow scouts for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain! Enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. This year, we’re exploring Grandfather’s ecological wonders. All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive a discount on admission.

Schedule of Events

(Be sure to stop by our animal habitats throughout the day to observe animal encounters every half hour.)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Check-in Table  Located in the Nature Museum; come register your troop and work on an ecology challenge. Your troop’s submission will be entered for a prize drawing at the end of the day!

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.: Build Your Own Ecosystem (especially for Daisies and Brownies) – Drop in and learn about our ecosystem by creating your own! Bring your own recycled glass container, with or without a lid, to create a terrarium! Please call (828) 733-4326 to register your troop for this activity. Limited space available.

9:30 to 11 a.m.: Effects of Elevation on Plant and Animal Species (especially for Seniors and Ambassadors) – Learn how change in elevation affects the different plant and animal species on Grandfather Mountain through a guided hike on our Grandfather Trail. Meet at the Grandfather Trailhead across the parking lot from the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Please call (828) 733-4236 to register. Limited space available.

10:30 to 11 a.m.: Food Web Game (especially for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) – Stop by and play a fun game to learn how important each animal is to our ecosystem. Meet at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Girl Scout Service Project (especially for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors) – Come out and help our trail rangers pick invasive plants throughout the mountain. During this time, you will also learn why we need to remove invasive plants and how important native plants are to our ecosystem. Please call (828) 733-4326 to register your troop for this project. Limited space available.

11:15 to 11:45 a.m.: Dr. Meg Lowman, aka Canopy Meg, “Of Sloths & Spiders” Program in the Nature Museum Auditorium (especially for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) – Tailored just for younger kids, Dr. “Canopy” Meg Lowman is going to share her adventures as a canopy scientist and help girls discover ways to get involved in science. Called the “real life Lorax” by National Geographic and the “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, “Canopy” Meg Lowman exudes a passion for trees and forest conservation. She is an author, explorer, scientist, arbornaut (translation: treetop explorer!), mom and change-agent for conservation. Join Canopy Meg as she shares her adventures and ways that young women can attain a career in science.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Canopy Meg in the Nature Museum Lobby – Canopy Meg will be signing her books and available to talk to any interested or budding naturalist in your troop.

1 to 1:30 p.m.: Dr. Meg Lowman, aka Canopy Meg, “Of Sloths & Spiders” Program in the Nature Museum Auditorium (especially for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors) – Join Canopy Meg as she shares her adventures and ways that young women can attain a career in science.

1 to 1:45 p.m.: Girl Scout Service Project (especially for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) – Native plants provide food for native pollinators and, in turn, pollinate crops that we eat every day. Meet us at the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter to help visitors learn more about native plants by creating native plant kits for them to take home with them.

1:30 to 2:05 p.m.: Eco-Exploration Hike at Woods Walk (especially for Juniors through Ambassadors) – Explore what makes nature so dynamic on an ecology hike with us. We will be investigating various examples of ecological relationships, from mutualism to parasitism, using real-life examples found here on Grandfather Mountain. Join us while we observe ecological communities in action! Please call (828) 733-4236 to register. Limited space available.

1:30 to 2:05 p.m.: Owl Pellets at the Let it Rain Picnic Shelter (all ages) – Ever wonder what owls eat? Come out and help us dissect owl pellets to learn about owl eating habits! Please call (828) 733-4236 to register. Limited space available.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Wonderful World of Plants on the Woods Walk Trail (especially for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) – Drop by to learn about why plants are so important to all animals through an interactive hike on our Woods Walk Trail.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m.: Carrying Capacity Activity (especially for Daisies, Brownies and Juniors) – Meet us at the Woods Walk picnic area and play some interactive games to learn about carrying capacity.

3:30 p.m.: Closing Ceremony – Join your fellow scouts for a short closing ceremony at Woods Walk after we draw names for the winning troop of the scavenger hunt! For more information, call (828) 733-4326, or email amy@grandfather.com.


Location: Grandfather Mountain
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646