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August 2022

Wild About Elk: Educator Workshop

August 18, 2022 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 14 spots left
A bull elk at Grandfather Mountain

NOTE: This Educator Workshop is intended specifically for educators — not the general public. This workshop will teach participants about the life history and management of elk, as well as how to incorporate activities about elk into the N.C. Curriculum.

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Nature Photography Weekend

August 19, 2022 - August 21, 2022
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$100.00 – $125.00 1 ticket left
A photographer taking a picture of Grandfather Mountain.

Visit Grandfather Mountain to enjoy presentations from top nature photographers, hands-on breakout sessions, a friendly contest, after-hours photography and more!

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Nature Photography Weekend Field Sessions

August 19, 2022 @2:00 pm - August 21, 2022 @12:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 7 spots left
Field Sessions

Sign up below for the 2022 Nature Photography Weekend Field Sessions. Here's the schedule: Friday, August 19 7:30-8:30 PM: Field Session Guided Sunset Shoot with Tony Sweet (25 spots), Top Shop Parking Area, weather permitting Saturday, August 20 9:00-10:30 a.m. Concurrent Field Sessions Photographing Raptors with Vinny Colucci (30 spots), Linville Bluffs: Photograph birds of prey brought in by a local rehabilitation group. The subjects will be held on a keeper's hand. Vinny will go over techniques to capture tight…

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Grandfather Mountain Campfire Stories

August 19, 2022 @7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$42.00 – $50.00 12 tickets left
People gathering around a bonfire at Grandfather Mountain

This all-new event allows guests to enjoy stories around the campfire from interesting figures in the realms of science, conservation and environmental education, all while experiencing the wonder of Grandfather Mountain after dark. Additional costs. Online registration begins July 26.

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Adult Field Course – Salamanders: Why Grandfather Mountain is a Hotspot for Biodiversity

August 20, 2022 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$51.00 – $60.00 7 tickets left
Salamanders on Grandfather Mountain

During this Adult Field Course, receive an overview of salamander diversity in the southern Appalachians with a particular focus of species at Grandfather Mountain. Due to the unique ecological zones at Grandfather Mountain, there is an amazing diversity of salamanders and is home to the type locality of two endemic species (Plethodon welleri and Desmognathus marmoratus). Participants are encouraged to bring questions regarding amphibians to discuss. Participants also take part in a salamander survey on Grandfather to understand how diversity…

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Grandfather by Night

August 26, 2022 @7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$42.00 – $50.00 Sold out
Grandfather Mountain's ridgeline at night under a full moon.

Explore Grandfather Mountain after hours with your own guides. You’ll discover some of the nighttime wonders through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch a stunning Grandfather sunset, and experience the mountain as never before! Additional cost.

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Adult Field Course: Using Tree Rings to Observe Endangered Tree Species Through Time

August 27, 2022 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$51.00 – $60.00 18 tickets left
Trees in fog on Grandfather Mountain

Join Appalachian State University professor Dr. Saskia van de Gevel on a trip through time, using tree rings to observe endangered tree species through the decades. 

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Grandfather Presents: Mike Leonard

August 27, 2022 @2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 200 spots left
Mike Leonard

As part of our 2022 Grandfather Presents speaker series, Mike Leonard, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, will share “Stories from the Conservation Deal Maker for Grandfather Mountain... and another 150,000 Mountain Acres.” You are sure to enjoy his entertaining back-stories on key land conservation deals at and around the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Mike is a ninth generation North Carolinian and received his undergrad and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill.…

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September 2022

Hawk Watch

September 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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A red-tailed hawk soaring over Grandfather Mountain

All throughout September, guests are invited to join the mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate the annual spectacle of fall raptor migration.

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70th Anniversary of the Mile High Swinging Bridge

September 2, 2022 @10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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People crossing Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge

Celebrate seven decades of mile-high wonder with a day of activities for the whole family, as Grandfather Mountain observes the 70th anniversary of its world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. Included with admission.

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Junior Naturalist Day

September 10, 2022 @10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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A child examining a puddle on top of Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain’s Junior Ranger Program is now the Junior Naturalist Program — a new program for our new Conservation Campus! Activities throughout the day will be provided specifically for children ages 5-12 to explore their environment and experience all that Grandfather has to offer.

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BEETLES Educator Workshop

September 15, 2022 @10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 17 spots left
Grandfather Mountain educator leading a field trip on Linville Peak

NOTE: This Educator Workshop is intended specifically for educators — not the general public. BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning and Expertise Sharing) provides learning resources devoted to improving the quality of outdoor science education for field instructors, leaders and classroom teachers.

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Adult Field Course: The Birds of Grandfather Mountain – The Wonders of Migration

September 17, 2022 @8:15 am - 2:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$51.00 – $60.00 11 tickets left
A broad-winged hawk perched on a tree branch at Grandfather Mountain

Participants will visit several locations on Grandfather Mountain to learn about the diversity of migrants and the timing and mechanics of migration — and hopefully see dozens of species using Grandfather as a staging area on their long flights to Central and South America.

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Grandfather Presents: Andy Hill

September 17, 2022 @2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 200 spots left
Andy Hill, Grandfather Mountain

As part of our 2022 Grandfather Presents speaker series, Andy Hill will present “Watauga River Conservation: Emerging, Innovative Solutions”. As the MountainTrue High Country Regional Director and Watauga Riverkeeper, Andy has a passion for clean, cold, fishable, drinkable and swimmable water. A long-time fly fisherman, educator and guide, he is intimately familiar with our watershed from the headwaters to the tailwater and is passionate about protecting the places we love. MountainTrue is an environmental advocacy organization serving the Southern Blue…

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52nd Annual Girl Scout Day

September 24, 2022 @10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Girl Scouts on Grandfather Mountain for Girl Scout Day

Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Participants can enjoy special scout activities, presentations and a closing ceremony. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission.

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Grandfather Mountain | Home to the Swinging Bridge, Animal Habitats and Nature Museum

GPS: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646
Mailing: PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646
1-800-468-7325

Owned & operated by Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.
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Member of Southern Highlands Attractions