Young Explorers Club (Ages 5-17)
The Young Explorers Club comes together to explore, discover and share the wonders of the Blue Ridge. The goal of the club is to create new ideas and avenues for exploration and critical thinking for our youth and to foster a new generation of explorers interested in sharing the region's biodiversity with others.
The Young Explorers Club will go on one official exploration each month and hold a preparatory meeting prior to each outing.
Young EXPLORERS CLUB CALENDAR 2017
- March 18 Stone Mountain Hike (NC)
- April 29 Birding at Stewart’s Creek Wildlife Management Area
- May 13 Spring Naturalist Rally
- June 3 New River Canoe Trip (clean-up)
- July 8 Snorkeling Whitetop Laurel
- August 19 Summer Naturalist Rally
- September 9 Butterflies of Mount Rogers
- October 7 Fossil Hunting trip
- November 1 Virginia Museum of Natural History
- December 2 Explore Lewis Fork Wilderness
* Program events will be subject to change given weather issues, but more importantly, based upon interest and engagement. Times to be determined.
Seven eager young explorers ventured to Fairy Stone State Park in search of these mysterious Fairy Stones.
The Young Explorers Club set out to see Linville Falls today! Not only did they make it there, they hiked EVERY trail in the park covering over 5 moderate to strenuous miles!
The Young Explorers Club set out for a wildflower walk on Saturday, April 23rd in search of spring wildflowers and birds.
Geology is literally at the foundation of everything having to do with Natural History, the root of it all, but even beyond that, there is the spectacular emotion that comes over a person when they spot a shiny speck in the dirt that might be a crystal. These two powerful draws pulled the Young Explorers out into the field on Saturday November 21, 2015 for a day of rockhounding, history lessons and exploration.
The plan was to find an American Chestnut Tree in the wild, a rarity. Saturday morning, the club headed out in search of this mighty tree.
Suited up and ready to roll we made our way downstream to form lines of snorkelers. With 64 deg water even the experienced snorkelers were hesitant, but once the crew laid flat and got their heads in the water the elation began to ring out.
The Explorers Club is a group of 16 youth that will come together to explore, discover and share the wonders of the Blue Ridge.
Every trip outdoors holds an opportunity for discovery, but a trip down the New River always seems to be teeming with wildlife. On this particular trip, Ellie and Roald discovered a successful nesting pair of Bald Eagles! This is a landmark discovery many of us have been looking forward to for years.