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July 2020

Camera Clinic Webinar: Key Advantages of the Mirrorless Camera with Noah Buchanan

July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free 150 tickets left

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27, Grandfather Mountain will host a free Zoom webinar that will function as a special Camera Clinic presentation. Led by Noah Buchanan, outside sales developer from Hunt's Photo and Video, the webinar will focus on "Key Advantages of the Mirrorless Camera." "The program is designed to inform and educate people on the pros and cons of mirrorless cameras, as well as clear up misconceptions that are commonly known about them," Buchanan said,…

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August 2020

Exploring Grandfather Mountain’s Natural Communities

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25.00 – $60 Sold out

Grandfather Mountain is often referred to as the “Canada of the South” – and it’s true. Some of the species here also thrive in the far North. Join Dr. Patrick McMillan, host of PBS's "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan," in exploration of the 16 natural communities on Grandfather Mountain, from rocky summit to hardwood forests. We’ll discover that Grandfather’s climate and geography play an important role in this mountaintop ecosystem. McMillan is the Emmy Award-winning host, co-creator and writer of the…

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Animal Enrichment Day

August 12 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Enrichment is an integral part of how the mountain cares for its habitat animals every day. Visitors will enjoy watching enrichment demonstrations, talk directly with keepers and participate in family-oriented games and crafts.

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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic 2020

August 15 - August 16

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled the 2020 Camera Clinic Weekend, previously scheduled for August 15-16.   Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 15 at www.grandfather.com. Plan to join us Aug. 15-16, 2020! Registration opens 9…

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September 2020

The Artist’s Workshop: Late Summer Sketching

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25.00 – $60.00 11 tickets left

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life! The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course led by artist Preston Montague, participants will learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic observation and drawing techniques with pen, pencil, and colored pencils. Though designed for beginners, students with more intermediate…

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Junior Ranger Day

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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This is a day of curiosity and fun! Programs throughout the day will be provided specifically for kids, ages 5-12, to explore their environment and experience all that Grandfather Mountain has to offer.

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The Changing Climate & Grandfather Mountain

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25.00 – $60.00 9 tickets left

Climate change is coming to Grandfather Mountain, whether we want it to or not. How will this affect the plants and animals who live on this mountain, some of whom grow nowhere else in the world? As it gets warmer, will plants migrate uphill, where its cooler? What about the plants who that at the top already? What will they do? This field course will examine the various plant communities along an elevational gradient on Grandfather Mountain, from the deciduous…

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50th Annual Girl Scout Day

September 26 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Girl Scouts are invited to join the park’s naturalists for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership.

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October 2020

The Fall Color Ramble

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Join Grandfather Mountain's naturalists for a guided walk through the park's most colorful spots, showcasing the splendor of fall color.

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Grandfather’s Starry Skies

October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25.00 – $60.00 4 tickets left

October is one of the best times of year to be stargazing at Grandfather Mountain. The air is cool and clear, and the summer constellations are still very prominent, with some early winter sights making their appearance later in the evening. This course is also during the time of the Orionid meteor shower, so hopefully some of these celestial fireworks will grace our skies during the nighttime observation. The goal for this course is to create a familiarity with the…

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Beary Scary Halloween

October 31 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Visit Grandfather Mountain for a day of nature programs about animals considered creepy and crawly! This fun-filled celebration includes an opportunity to create special Halloween enrichments for the animals and then trick-or-treat through the animal habitats area. Plus, children in costume are admitted at half-price.

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November 2020

All About Elk Educator Workshop

November 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 20 tickets left

This workshop will focus on elk in North Carolina. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about the life history and current research on elk, as well as activities that can be incorporated into educational programs. Information on how to coexist with elk will be provided. Participants will also tour the wildlife habitats at Grandfather Mountain with Grandfather Mountain staff to observe elk up close. The workshop provides six hours of Criteria II or III credit toward the…

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