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October 2019

Eagle Encounter

October 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until October 31, 2019

Join a Grandfather Mountain habitat keeper at the eagle overlook for an Eagle Encounter! Encounters provide an opportunity to see the animals up close and learn about those native to the mountains of North Carolina. Animals will receive an enrichment toy or treat, and staff will be available to answer questions.

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Otter Overlook

October 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
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An event every day that begins at 3:00 pm, repeating until October 31, 2019

Join a Grandfather Mountain habitat keeper at the river otter overlook for an Otter Encounter! Encounters provide an opportunity to see the animals up close and learn about those native to the mountains of North Carolina. Animals will receive an enrichment toy or treat, and staff will be available to answer questions.

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November 2019

All About Elk Educator Workshop

November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free

This educator workshop, led by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission educator Tanya Poole, 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.

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Methods of Teaching Environmental Education

November 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free

The focus of this 10-hour workshop is to prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods.

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January 2020

New Year’s Sunrise

January 1 @ 6:30 am - 9:30 am

There are sunrises, and then there are Grandfather Mountain sunrises. And then there are Grandfather Mountain New Year’s Day sunrises. Ring in an epic New Year on Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the first sunrise of 2020 — atop Grandfather Mountain. This special event will allow guests the rare opportunity to visit Grandfather Mountain outside of regular operating hours. “These events are popular among nature lovers, photographers of all skill levels and anyone hoping to see the Blue Ridge Mountains in…

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March 2020

Methods of Teaching Environmental Education

March 24 @ 10:00 am - March 25 @ 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Free

The focus of this 10-hour workshop is to prepare participants from a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences in both the formal and non-formal sectors to use exemplary Environmental Education teaching methods.

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Owl Identification & Behavior on Grandfather Mountain

March 28 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 - May 31
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 @ 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

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 @ 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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