Saturday PM Field Trips
August 19th, 12:45-4:30PM


Please Note

 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!

Walk With the Featured Speaker

Take a naturalist walk with the Rally's featured speaker Ann Berry Somers, and explore the diversity of Mt. Rogers.

Big Red

BRDC volunteer Rick Taylor leads a group in search of record spruce trees in an area known for Big Ones. Measure, document, and record coordinates to track the trees in future years. Limit 8 participants.

Glaciers in the Blue Ridge

Arthur Merschat, PhD, USGS will lead a short walk along the
Creeper Trail to examine evidence of glaciers and discuss whether this was related to possible global glaciations. We will also examine the Iron Mountain fault, and road cuts along US 58 and VA 600. 

Butterflies of Southwest Virginia

After a brief discussion on identification and photography, Bruce Grimes will lead a group to look for butterflies around the community center then head to Elk Garden. Expected butterflies include silver-spotted skipper, pearl crescent, American copper, and a variety of frittilaries and swallowtails. 

Konnarock Retreat House

David Hauslohner will lead a tour of the Konnarock Retreat
House. Built in 1924, the school provided education for children in the Appalachian Mountains for 35 years, and also brought health care, economic wellbeing, and spiritual development to the surrounding communities. 


Join Mike Pinder, Wildlife Diversity Biologist for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to investigate the aquatic life of a stream with wetsuit and snorkel mask. Ever wonder what lurks beneath the water’s surface? You will be
amazed at what you see! Expect an array of colorful native fish from darters to dace and search for Hellbenders.


August is a great time to look for mushrooms in the Blue Ridge! Join this group to learn the ins and outs of identifying mushrooms found in the area.


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.