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Grandfather Mountain

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2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States

May 2020

Spring Sketching on Grandfather Mountain

May 9 @ 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 10 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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Nature Photography Weekend 2020

May 29 - May 31
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. 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 featured presenters for 2020, including Chris Almerini, Donna Eaton, Jamie Davidson, Bill Fortney and Lynn Willis, will speak on a variety of photography topics encompassing both the…

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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - June 7 @ 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 @ 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 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free 23 tickets left

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 to learn more and have fun,…

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August 2020

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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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 10 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 8 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 21 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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