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August 2022

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
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 10 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
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 13 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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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
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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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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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
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 Presents: Conor Knighton

September 29, 2022 @5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$50.00
Conor Knighton Grandfather Mountain

The third speaker in our 2022 Grandfather Presents Thursday evening speaker series is Conor Knighton. Conor is a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, America’s #1 Sunday news morning program. His debut nonfiction book, Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia-to-Zion Journey Through Every National Park was recently certified as a New York Times bestseller. A behind-the-scenes account of the year Knighton spent visiting America’s national parks, the book features fascinating tidbits about our parks’ past and reflections on their fragile future. It…

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October 2022

Fall Color Ramble

October 1, 2022 @2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until October 8th, 2022

Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Fall color at Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-10, guests can enjoy short, guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 15, folks can join the park’s naturalists for a day full of fall-color activities, including guest speakers and additional rambles, allowing participants to explore and admire the annual phenomenon.

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Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

October 1, 2022 @6:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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A barred owl at Grandfather Mountain

As night falls on Grandfather Mountain, guests can enjoy rare after-dark tours, fireside tales and a chance to meet the park’s nocturnal residents. Additional cost. Limited to 28 participants. Registration opens Sept. 1.

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Fall Color Ramble

October 2, 2022 @2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 pm, repeating until October 10th, 2022

Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Fall color at Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-10, guests can enjoy short, guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 15, folks can join the park’s naturalists for a day full of fall-color activities, including guest speakers and additional rambles, allowing participants to explore and admire the annual phenomenon.

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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.
Go here for Grandfather Mountain State Park information.
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