2018 Christmas Bird Count
Dec
21
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count, organized by the Audubon Society, is a North American citizen science survey that runs from December 14th through January 5th each year. Information gathered during these counts helps us to better understand the health and status of bird populations.

Blue Ridge Discovery Center will be heading up the New River CBC. All ages and skill levels welcome. If interested, contact Jay Martin at jay@blueridgediscoverycenter.org or by calling (276) 293-1232.

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2019 Spring Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally
May
10
to May 12

2019 Spring Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally

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.

For the 2019 Spring Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally 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. 

Past field trips have included: birding, spring wildflowers, salamanders, edible and medicinal wild plants, biological surveys, geology, caving, hiking, mussels, astronomy, kids programming, and so much more!

Mark your calendar for this unique event for all ages!

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Hike to Whitetop - Members Only
Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

Hike to Whitetop - Members Only

Join BRDC staff Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 am for a round-trip Hike to Whitetop. We will venture up the mountain from the grounds of the Center (6402 Whitetop Rd, Troutdale, VA 24378) on a quest to reach the peak. This will potentially be a strenuous hike as there is no designated trail. Bring a lunch and come prepared for some bushwhacking! The hike will be a minimum of 5 miles. Please register by sending an email to lisa@blueridgediscoverycenter.org.

This event is open to members only. You can become a member to join us!

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10-Year Anniversary & Open House
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

10-Year Anniversary & Open House

Join us Saturday, October 13th for an anniversary celebration & open house with: Schoolhouse Tours, Nature Walks, Adult & Youth Art Programs, Scavenger Hunt, Cider Making, Pumpkins, Dunk-the-Punk, and Lunch, with A Special Announcement & Time Capsule Ceremony at 1:00 pm.

Bring a story or small momento to seal away in a time capsule as we commence the next step in our journey: the creation of a new Center!

Please RSVP here by October 10th, 2018. 

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Freshwater Snorkeling Adventure - Members Only
Sep
15
12:30 PM12:30

Freshwater Snorkeling Adventure - Members Only

Please join us for a Freshwater Snorkeling Adventure Saturday, September 15th at 12:30 pm. Meet at the Center (6402 Whitetop Rd, Troutdale, VA 24378) to gear up. We will travel to the snorkeling location together via the BRDC van. We will not go if the water is too high to be safe or if underwater visibility is too poor. Sunshine will also be a determining factor to a degree. Please bring closed-toed shoes (old sneakers are fine) that you can swim around in. If you have your own wet suit, snorkel, and mask, please bring them along. We have all of the above if you need them, so don't fret! Limit is 14. First come, first served! Please register by sending an email to lisa@blueridgediscoverycenter.org.

This event is open to members only. You can become a member to join us!

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Nighthawk Potluck Picnic
Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Nighthawk Potluck Picnic

Help Blue Ridge Birders and the Blue Ridge Discovery Center celebrate the migration of Common Nighthawks along the Blue Ridge near Sparta, NC. The potluck picnic will be held on Jim & Alice Keighton's porch. With years of documenting the display, the Keightons have seen anywhere from dozens to many hundreds of nighthawks on late August evenings.

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3rd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally
Aug
17
to Aug 19

3rd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally

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The 3rd 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. 

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2nd Annual BRDC Science Fair
Dec
8
8:00 AM08:00

2nd Annual BRDC Science Fair

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. 

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BRDC Book Club
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

BRDC Book Club

BRDC has partnered with Grayson LandCare for a reading by local author Jim Minick from his new book: Fire is Your Water on November 20th, at the Independence Courthouse 7:00 pm.

"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."

 

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BRDC Book Club
Oct
23
5:00 PM17:00

BRDC Book Club

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.

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2nd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally
Aug
18
to Aug 20

2nd Annual Mount Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally

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. 

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BRDC Summer Camps
Jun
7
to Aug 5

BRDC Summer Camps

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.  

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43rd Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally
May
12
to May 14

43rd Annual Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally

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.

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Explorers Club Caving Adventure
Mar
26
12:00 PM12:00

Explorers Club Caving Adventure

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 lisa@blueridgediscoverycenter.org to be added to the list.

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First Day Hike
Jan
1
1:00 PM13:00

First Day Hike

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.

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Explorers Club Hawk Watch on Grandfather Mtn
Sep
24
8:00 AM08:00

Explorers Club Hawk Watch on Grandfather Mtn

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!

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