Join the Blue Ridge Explorers Club for its monthly meeting at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax, to plan our upcoming explorations. Bring ideas for places we can explore in the coming months! email email@example.com for more information.
Our October Book Club will discuss Gathering Moss: The Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
"Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. "Gathering Moss" is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.
"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."
BRDC is excited to announce the 2nd Annual BRDC Science Fair in partnership with Grayson County Public Schools! All 6th and 7th-grade students in Grayson County Public Schools are included. In the future, we aim to include more grades and expand the opportunity to focus on critical thinking skills.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
Join Blue Ridge Birders and Dr. Ashley Peele for a short talk and workshop about the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas project on Saturday, March, 4th 2017.
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.
Meet at 8:00 in Galax in front of the Gazette building on 58. The hike is a 4 mile loop with lots of photo ops. We will carpool since the parking is tight and there is a $3 fee. Optional Stop for late lunch at Blue Door Cafe in Draper on the way home.
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!
February 13th-- Join the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Explorer's Club on an exploration of the avifauna of Burke's Garden. Email email@example.com for details.
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.
We are forming the adult Explorers Club. Come join us for a beer at Creek Bottom Brews in Galax, VA to discuss how we can solidify this idea.
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.