Book Club Meeting
Nov
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Book Club Meeting

BRDC has partnered with Grayson LandCare for a reading by local author Jim Minick from his new book: Fire is Your Water on November 20th, at the Independence Courthouse 7:00 pm.

"Ada Franklin is a young pow wow doctor in the Pennsylvania Dutch, religious faith tradition. By saying sacred chants, she can remove warts, staunch bleeding, and “take out fire” to heal burns. That all changes on a June day in 1953 when the Franklin barn ignites into flame. Ada and her mother enter the burning building to rescue their animals. The scorching heat, the roar of the blaze, the shrill bellows of so many cows trapped inside—all of it changes Ada. For the first time, she fears death and—for the first time—she doubts God. After the fire, she no longer can heal. Then Ada meets Will Burk and his pet raven, Cicero. And then there is another fire."

"Fire Is Your Water is acclaimed memoirist Jim Minick’s first novel. Built on magical realism and social observation in equal measure, it never gives way to sentimentality and provides an insider’s glimpse into the culture of Appalachia. A jealous raven, a Greek chorus of one, punctuates the story with its judgments on the characters and their actions until a tragic accident brings Ada and Will together in a deeper connection."

 

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2nd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally
Aug
18
to Aug 20

2nd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally

The 2nd Annual Mt. Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally gives us a chance to explore Mt. Rogers in a different season. We have assembled a wide variety of field trips with leaders who are experts in their field and who are able to make it understandable and interesting for everyone from inquisitive amateurs to accomplished naturalists. 

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BRDC Book Club
Jul
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

BRDC Book Club

Our Spring Book Club meeting will discuss In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware. Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group.  This event is held in a private home, please email info@blueridgediscoverycenter or call 276.293.1232 for more information.

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BRDC Summer Camps
Jun
7
to Aug 5

BRDC Summer Camps

Our camps are led by highly skilled guides who understand how to develop curiosity, foster autonomy and be model citizens. With a focus on interest-driven and hands-on learning, and a low staff to child ratio, our campers develop skills and life-enriching hobbies that will pay dividends for years to come.  

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43rd Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally
May
12
to May 14

43rd Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally

This BRDC signature event highlights the crown jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.  The Mount Rogers area, which includes Virginia's three tallest peaks, has long fascinated scholars and explorers.  Not only is there a wide variation in altitude, there are many different ecosystems and mini-ecosystems within a short drive or hike of each other. This area is a naturalist's dream come true.

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Explorers Club Caving Adventure
Mar
26
12:00pm12:00pm

Explorers Club Caving Adventure

Join the Blue Ridge Explorers Club on a caving adventure. Sunday, March 26th from 12-5pm (or there about). Limited to 10 people. Must be relatively fit and comfortable in dark, tight spaces. Appropriate attire a must. Location to be determined based on attendees but will be in Wythe County.  Please contact lisa@blueridgediscoverycenter.org to be added to the list.

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First Day Hike
Jan
1
1:00pm 1:00pm

First Day Hike

Start 2017 off on the right foot with a hike on New Year's Day! An Interpretive Ranger will be your guide on the Rhododendron Trail as it meanders along the rocks and balds of Wilburn Ridge. The views along the trail are fantastic with snow capped mountains, and we may even see the wild ponies of Grayson Highlands.

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Explorers Club Hawk Watch on Grandfather Mtn
Sep
24
8:00am 8:00am

Explorers Club Hawk Watch on Grandfather Mtn

We have received an invite from the Executive Director of Grandfather Mountain, Jesse Pope, to join them for their annual hawk watch on September 24. Last year on this date they counted 10,000 broad-winged hawks! Now, migration isn't predictable so we could strike out but either way we will be counting in one of the most magnificent scenes in the East (they setup on the rock across the swinging bridge!) and have the opportunity to learn from some of the best birders in the region!

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Star watch at Point Lookout Mountain
Dec
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Star watch at Point Lookout Mountain

Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center's amateur astronomer and naturalist Evan Worrell as we explore heavenly bodies and the depths of the awe-inspiring universe in this intriguing hour-long program starting at 6:00pm on Point Lookout Mountain (meeting between 5:15 - 5:30 at the Food City Parking lot in Independence).  Evan will help you identify constellations and talk about their ancient mythologies but the real treat is the peak of the Geminid meteor shower just after sunset. 

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Hike to Mount Rogers
Oct
17
10:30am10:30am

Hike to Mount Rogers

Blue Ridge Discovery center (BRDC) is sponsoring a hike to Mt. Rogers through its Blue Ridge Expeditions (BRE) program. The 9 mile all-day hike will ascend to Virginia’s highest point and the ecology of the spruce-fir forest will be discussed. Local naturalist Roald Kirby and the acknowledged Mt. Rogers expert Dr. Phil Shelton of UVA-Wise will lead the group. 

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