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May 2021

Advanced Birding Identification

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25 – $60 Sold out

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. This course will explore such aspects of the lives of birds as seasonal plumage, molt, nestling growth, seasonal occurrence, habitat requirements, and similarities between related and…

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Landscape Potential: Introduction to Landscape Design

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25 – $60 8 tickets left

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join landscape architect, Preston Montague, for a design workshop that will help you make informed and confident decisions about issues facing you in the landscape. Preston will present tenets of landscape design he’s learned as a professional landscape architect as well as his approach to solving a range of problems that include…

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The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble

May 29 @ 2:00 pm - June 6 @ 2:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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From May 29-June 6, a series of 20-minute walks will highlight Grandfather Mountain’s rhododendron species and blooms.

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June 2021

Educator Workshop- Project WILD: Bears

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free Sold out

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 II or III credits 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…

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July 2021

Growing Up WILD

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free

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. All participants will receive the Growing Up WILD activity guide and earn six hours of Criteria I credit toward their N.C. Environmental Education Certification (or 0.6…

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August 2021

Grandfather Presents: David Sibley

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Author, illustrator and avid birdwatcher David Sibley will open the 2021 Grandfather Presents lecture series. With his father being an ornithologist, birding has always been a major part of Sibley’s life ever since he was a child. He merged his encyclopedic knowledge with his skills as a self-taught artist to become one of America’s best-known field guide authors.

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Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend

August 14 - August 15
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$100.00

Take your photography skills to the next level — 5,280 feet above sea level, to be exact — at the Grandfather Mountain Photography Weekend, taking place Aug. 14-15. Additional cost. Registration required.

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Educator Workshop – Project WILD: Elk

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

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 II or III credits 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…

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September 2021

HawkWatch

September 1 - September 30
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 across the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Linville Peak, weather permitting.

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51st Annual Girl Scout Day

September 18 @ 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 education staff for a fun-filled learning adventure on Grandfather Mountain. Participants can enjoy special scout activities and presentations. Plus, all Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership, and family members will receive discounted admission. Reservations are required by calling 828-733-2013.

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Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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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. This program may include 1 to 3 miles of moderate activity. The participant limit for each workshop is 25 individuals. Cost is $50 per person (or $10 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. Upon registration, you will be sent detailed information on course meeting location and expectations.

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October 2021

The Fall Color Ramble

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - October 10 @ 2:20 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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From Oct. 2-10, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors.

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Late Summer Sketching

October 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25 – $60

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of drawings and observations of the outdoors that bring moments in nature to life! The way you arrange these drawings on a page, as well as the notes you take, can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. 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…

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Grandfather’s Starry Skies

October 23 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25 – $60

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. Our class is also during the time of the Orionid meteor shower, so hopefully some of these celestial fireworks will grace our skies during our nighttime observing. Our goal for this class is to create a familiarity with the…

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