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April 2019

All About Black Bears Educator Workshop

April 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 13 tickets left

Presented by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, this workshop focuses on black bears in North Carolina. A majority of the workshop will be spent learning about the life history and current research on black bears, as well as activities that can be incorporated into educational programs.

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May 2019

The Joy of Spring Birding

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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May is an exciting month for birding in the High Country, with songbirds arriving every day from as far away as South America on their journey North. Join Steve Dowlan to delight in the joy of spring birding! 

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Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 24 tickets left

Hosted by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Aquatic WILD is a K-12 interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.

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Sketching Spring Ephemerals

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on creating accurate and beautiful botanical illustrations.

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Nature Photography Weekend

May 31 - June 2
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Visit Grandfather Mountain to attend presentations from top nature photographers, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours.

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June 2019

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

June 1 @ 1:00 pm - June 8 @ 1:20 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Meet Grandfather Mountain's naturalists for a 20-minute walk highlighting the park's rhododendron species and blooms.

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All About Amphibians Educator Workshop

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free 23 tickets left

Hosted by Kevin Hining of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, this workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn about amphibians. Through classroom presentations, hands-on fieldwork and activities, participants will learn about basic biology, habitat requirements and human interactions with salamanders, frogs and toads.

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Grandfather By Night

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 20 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before! This program may include a short walk. Please bring a flashlight. Limited to 24 participants. Registration costs $40 standard and is FREE for Bridge Club members. Bridge Club members must present a valid Bridge Club ID with their event ticket/receipt, or they will be charged full…

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Animal Birthday Party

June 12 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Grandfather Mountain celebrates the birthdays of all the animals in its environmental habitats with games, contests, crafts and surprises.

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Grandfather By Night

June 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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Rocky Top: The Art of Grandfather’s Trail System

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00 12 tickets left

This course will provide participants with an in-depth look at how to sustainably maintain hiking trails, as well as discover the history of the mountain's trail system.

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Grandfather Presents: Dr. Patrick McMillan

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $20.00 165 tickets left

Grandfather Mountain is a place of passion for naturalist and TV host Patrick McMillan. During this illuminating discussion, he will delve into the reason why.

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Grandfather By Night

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before! This program may include a short walk. Please bring a flashlight. Limited to 24 participants. Registration costs $40 standard and is FREE for Bridge Club members. Bridge Club members must present a valid Bridge Club ID with their event ticket/receipt, or they will be charged full…

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Investigating High Elevation Pollinators

June 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00 12 tickets left

We all know that rare plants grow atop Grandfather Mountain, but just who pollinates them? In this course, participants will investigate the landscape with a special eye for bees, beetles, wasps and butterflies.

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Grandfather By Night

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 20 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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July 2019

Grandfather By Night

July 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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64th Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 11 - July 14
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Blaring bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country.

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Exploring Grandfather Mountain’s Geologic Window

July 12 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00 12 tickets left

There are more than 300 million years of history written into Grandfather Mountain's rocks. Learn to decipher the stone, and discover a world so complex and amazing that it will change your perspective of the Appalachian Mountains forever.

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Grandfather By Night

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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Grandfather Presents: Scott Huler

July 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $20.00 165 tickets left

An award-winning radio personality and author of seven books, Scott Huler made a surprising decision in 2014. He would leave home to journey by foot and canoe, faithfully retracing the renowned 1700s naturalist John Lawson's route through the Carolinas. At Grandfather Mountain, Huler will discuss this tale of an unlikely voyage, revealing what it's like to rediscover one's own home.

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Grandfather By Night

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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Grandfather By Night

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$40.00 22 tickets left

Explore the park after-hours with your own naturalist guide. You'll be escorted through the park, while stopping at its most significant sites. Watch the sunset in silence and experience Grandfather Mountain as never before!

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August 2019

Growing Up WILD Educator Workshop

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 24 tickets left

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and their habitats. While the workshop is primarily oriented toward educators that work with children ages 3-7, many of the activities in the guide can be adapted to a wider age range.

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Animal Enrichment Day

August 7 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 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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Fungi of the Cloudland Forest

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00 12 tickets left

The Southern Appalachians are world-renowned for different types of fungi, from mushrooms to lichens, and are home to more than 2,000 species. Join mycologist Dr. Coleman McCleneghan for a chance to observe many kinds of fungi at higher elevations and learn how to identify them by size, shape and color.

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Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

August 17 - August 18
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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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 grandfather.com.

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Spiders: Identification, Diversity, Ecology & Biology

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00 11 tickets left

Participants will be introduced to the biology of spiders, with an emphasis on the ecological roles of spiders, their incredible diversity and techniques to identify specimens to species level.

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Grandfather Presents: Jennifer Pharr Davis

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free – $20.00 165 tickets left

Jennifer Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, who has covered over 14,000 miles of long-distance trails on six different continents. In 2011, she completed the 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of 47 miles per day. By  doing this, she claimed the overall (male or female) fastest known time on the AT and became the first woman to set the mark. Join Jennifer at Grandfather Mountain for a night of inspiration and motivation to check off items on your bucket list!

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September 2019

HawkWatch

September 1 @ 9:00 am - September 30 @ 6:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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All throughout September, guests are invited to join the mountain’s naturalists as they count and celebrate the annual spectacle of the fall raptor migration. Participants can meet daily at Linville Peak, across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, weather permitting.

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Junior Ranger Day

September 7 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 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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