Date: Saturday September 22 , 2018
Time: 09:00 am - 03:30 pm
Category: Featured Events
Cost: Free for Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders

Calling all Girl Scouts! Join your fellow scouts for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony.

The mountain will host nature programs, arts, crafts, a guest speaker and more to provide plenty of activities for scouts of all ages. There will be an opportunity for Girl Scouts to complete a service project that can go toward obtaining a badge, along with a Girl Scout Troop Challenge that will include a chance to win a prize.Girl Scout Day 2018 is a special day on Grandfather Mountain, tailored to pique the interest of Girl Scouts by inspiring love and enthusiasm for the natural world! This year’s theme is birds!

Girl Scouts in uniform and their troop leaders get free admission to the park for the day. For more information, call (800) 468-7325, or email

Note: Troop leaders planning to attend Girl Scout Day are encouraged to complete a brief survey prior to their visit at The purpose of this questionnaire is to help us to prepare for the 48th annual Girl Scout Day on Sept. 22, 2018. Your response will help us to determine expected attendance overall, the number of scouts to expect at each program, and the age ranges of participants. 

Please note that troop leaders are not required to complete this questionnaire in order to participate in Girl Scout Day, but we strongly recommend it, so that we are able to have adequate space and supplies for each activity. Please complete by Sept.17, 2018.

Schedule of Events
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Info table: Pick up your Troop Challenge and event schedule
9:30 to 11 a.m. Birding 101 — Meet at the Nature Museum (Cadettes through Ambassadors
9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Wingin’ It — Meet at Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter (Daisies through Juniors)
10:20 to 10:55 a.m. Fill the Bill — Meet at Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter (Daisies through Ambassadors)
11 to 11:45 a.m. Featured Guest Speaker: Nina Fischesser — Meet at Auditorium (includes 15-minute meet-and-greet)
12 to 1:30 p.m. Girl Scout Service Project (River Clean-Up with the Ocean Conservancy) — Meet at Nature Museum
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Women in the Field: Gina Diggs — Meet at Nature Museum
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Owl Pellets — Meet at Let-It Rain Picnic Shelter (Daisies through Ambassadors)
3:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony — Meet at Nature Museum

Schedule is subject to change. In addition to the scheduled events, a face-painting booth will be available all day for anyone who wants to partake!


Birding 101 (9:30 a.m.)

Grab your binoculars and meet up with a park naturalist to explore the mountain and learn the basics of birding. In this intro course, you will learn how to use binoculars, basic bird identification, practice bird song/call listening skills, and learn where and when to find birds!


Wingin’ It (9:30 a.m.)

Join us under the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter to build your own set of life-size wings to take home or wear around the park for Girl Scout Day 2018! From raptor wings to songbird wings, we will have something for you! Be the bird!


Fill the Bill (10:20 a.m.)

A hummingbird doesn’t gobble worms, and an eagle doesn’t drink nectar from a flower. Each type of bird has a beak and tongue that is specialized for eating a certain type of food. Join us under the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter for a fun experiment that will help us better understand why birds have the unique beaks that they do!


Guest Speaker (11-11:45 a.m.)

Join our featured guest speaker, Nina Fischesser, director of the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lees McRae College, for a talk about birds and careers! She will have birds with her!


Girl Scout Service Project (12 p.m.)

River Clean-up Project with the Ocean Conservancy


Women in the Field: Gina Diggs (1:30 p.m.)

Join Grandfather Mountain ranger Gina Diggs in the Nature Museum for an informative talk about birds and her chosen field.


Owl Pellets (2:15 p.m.)

Join us under the Let-It-Rain Picnic Shelter to dissect owl pellets and learn about owl eating habits.


Closing Ceremony (3:30)

Join your fellow scouts for a short closing ceremony at the Nature Museum.


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