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March 2020

Owl Identification & Behavior on Grandfather Mountain

March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$25.00 – $60.00

Owls represent the “night shift” for birds of prey. For most of us, they are known only as mysterious sounds from the woods behind your house or in the background of a movie. During this adult field course led by Steve Dowlan with High Country Audubon, we will attempt to more intimately acquaint ourselves with these mysterious sounds by spending time with a few captive owls, as well as looking for several owl species in their native habitats within the…

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April 2020

Advanced Birding: Spring Migration

April 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
$25.00 – $60.00

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event. Have you wondered why some bird species are always easy to identify all of the time, some bird species are easy to identify some of the time, and some bird species seem to be almost impossible to identify all of the time? The answers can be found in the natural history of individual species. Led by Steve Dowlan with High Country Audubon,…

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May 2020

Sunrise & Landscape Photography on Grandfather Mountain

May 2, 2020 @ 5:30 am - 11:30 am
$25 – $60.00

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event.   Grandfather Mountain offers one of the most picturesque landscapes in the southeast. Join us as we explore the mountain before the gate opens to other visitors. We’ll watch the sun rise over the mountains and play with light in the forest. This course is led by Tommy White, a full-time photographer based in Boone, N.C. Adult Field Courses Grandfather Mountain’s Adult…

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Spring Sketching on Grandfather Mountain

May 9, 2020 @ 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

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event. 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…

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Nature Photography Weekend 2020

May 29, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled the 2020 Nature Photography Weekend, previously scheduled for May 29-31.   Visit Grandfather Mountain to attend presentations from top nature photographers, while photographing spectacular scenery and native animals before and after regular business hours. Additional cost. Online registration begins April 1. The event features presentations from renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly, but competitive (and optional), photo contest. The…

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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

May 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - June 7, 2020 @ 2:20 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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June 2020

Animal Birthday Party

June 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 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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Project WILD Educator Workshop

June 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free

NOTE: This event has been cancelled. Project WILD is a K-12 interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. All participants will receive the Project WILD activity guide and earn six hours of Criteria I credit toward their N.C. Environmental Education Certification  (or 0.6 CEU’s). Homework option available to earn up to 10 hours or 1.0 CEU. About Our Environmental Educator Certification Programs Join the staff of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for the opportunity…

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Virtual Nature Photography Weekend

June 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

What’s the next best thing to being outdoors at Grandfather Mountain? Virtual nature! Due to COVID-19, Nature Photography Weekend was canceled this year. However, in order to keep the tradition going, we are now providing a substitute that will put a modern twist on things. "This year, in order to ensure the safety of our guests and staff, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nature Photography Weekend," said Frank Ruggiero, director of marketing and communications for the Grandfather…

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July 2020

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

July 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

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, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25.00 – $60

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled Exploring Grandfather Mountain's Natural Communities, previously scheduled for August 1.    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…

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Animal Enrichment Day

August 12, 2020 @ 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, 2020 - August 16, 2020

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, 2020 @ 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

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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October 2020

The Fall Color Ramble

October 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 1:20 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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