Saturday AM Field Trips
August 19th, 7:45-11:30AM

Depart From Konnarock Community Center


You will have the opportunity to choose your field trips beginning Friday at 4PM. All field trips have a limited number of participants and will be first-come-first-serve basis. If you are arriving Saturday AM, you will be able to choose from the remaining field trip slots after you registerAll times listed are actual departure times. Please allow extra time if you still need to register. All trips will go out regardless of weather conditions! Come prepared!


If you want to add a nice walk to your nature study, join the Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club on an easy 2.5 mile hike from Whitetop to Elk Garden. Explore natural history and trail tales
on one of the most beautiful trail sections in our area. We will be on the lookout for summer wildflowers as well.

Intro to Birding

Dr. Ashley Peele (Avian Ecologist with VA Tech) will lead a beginner birdwatching program, focusing on sight and sound identification of resident and migrant birds in the Mt. Rogers area. Bring binoculars and field guides. Limit 20 participants.


Join BRDC's Allen Boynton, Wildlife Diversity Program Coordinator with NCWRC for a morning of bird watching at Grindstone Campground and the Fairwood Valley. Limit 10 participants.

Edible and Medicinal Plants

Join Carrie Sparks on an easy walk to identify common plants
that can be used for food and medicine. Learn to make some home remedies from these plants. (Limit 20)

Stream Ecology

Join Grayson Patton to study stream ecology in Big Laurel Creek and learn about macroinvertebrates and the habitats they need to
thrive in these freshwater systems. 


Wally Smith will lead this hike to examine the incredible salamander diversity of Whitetop Mountain. The hike will sample at least two different habitat types.

Pond Mountain Hike

This is a great chance to get outside and explore some new places
in the High Country. Pond Mountain, managed by the Wildlife Resource Commission, will be guided by a naturalist and BRDC staff. This hike is considered strenuous, ranging from 3-6 miles.



The Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is a grand tradition that dates back to 1974. Over the years it has gone through many changes but the root goal has stayed the same: to connect our community to one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. If you would like to see this tradition continue for the next generation please consider making a donation to support the Rally.