Get Outdoors & Discover New Heights
Mt Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally

August 18-20, 2017

Explore the Natural History of Mount Rogers, the Crown Jewel of Southwest Virginia

The Summer 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 able to make it understandable and interesting for everyone from inquisitive amateurs to accomplished naturalists.

NOTE:

Opportunity to choose your field trips will begin Friday, August 18th at 4PM. All field trips have a limited number of participants and will be first-come-first-serve basis. All 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!


FEATURED SPEAKER

Ann Berry Somers, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will discuss the natural history of the box turtle and the 100-year study The Box Turtle Connection (BTC), now entering its 10th year. 

An award-winning teacher of biology and wildlife conservation, Somers teaches courses on NC wildlife and sea turtles (travelling with students to Costa Rica to collect data). She serves on several conservation organization boards and is a member of the North American Box Turtle Conservation Committee. Her international work includes serving as a consultant for the “Safe Home for Turtles” conservation and education project at the University of Bengkulu in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Somers oversees more than 32 BTC project leaders collecting data on box turtles at specific sites. The project could serve as a model for other state wildlife agencies interested in collecting long term data on box turtles over a wide range of ecosystems.


MEALS

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER
5:30PM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER

BRDC is excited to partner with the Independence Farmers Market www.independencefarmersmarket.org to provide high quality and locally sourced ingredients!  The meal will feature a meat or vegetarian option, plenty of local veggies, home-made baguettes, and a garden salad to die for. Home-made desserts will finish off the meal.

Dinner is by pre-paid reservation ONLY.  There will be no dinners sold at the door. Registration is due by August 14. Please join us for this great meal, catchup with old friends, and proudly support our local farmers with this opportunity to eat a locally sourced home-cooked meal.

SATURDAY BREAKFAST
7:00AM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER

Coffee, pastry, breakfast burritos available for purchase.

SATURDAY LUNCH
11:30AM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER

Hotdog lunch, veggie burritos & drinks available for purchase or bring your own.

SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER / SUNDAY BREAKFAST & LUNCH

On your own


CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE RALLY

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. 

All of our field trip leaders volunteer their time for the Naturalist Rally, so let them know you appreciate their sharing their time and knowledge with us!!