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Annual PARTY!

  • 336 Joe's Way Sparta NC 26875 (map)

Blue Ridge Discovery Center Annual Party

Join us for the Blue Ridge Discovery Center Annual Meeting (PARTY!!) open to members and the general public in an effort to expand the BRDC community. We will be exploring all sorts of wonders throughout the day and host a potluck dinner where everyone is invited to participate in discussions about the future of Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! Kid activities are provided throughout the day. The event will be hosted on a spectacular 250 acre property that includes a pristine mountain stream, bog habitats, cascading 40' waterfalls, hiking trails and two ponds full of very large fish... come prepared to explore! (see driving directions below)

*Party will go on rain or shine!

Schedule of Activities:

Afternoon - Event Programming (All ages are welcome! Especially Kids!)
2:00-5:00pm Join us at the event site for classic BRDC style of programming or just come and hangout! Programming includes:

  • Fishbugs - help us find aquatic creatures in Waterfalls Creek with seines and waders
  • Bog Investigation - explore the soggy bottoms for rare plants and animals
  • Avian Adventures - search out mixed-flocks of migrating birds that use the Blue Ridge Escarpment for southbound travel
  • Meadow Butterflies -  with nets in hand, investigate the late season meadow wildflowers for all sorts of butterflies
  • Fly Fishing - learn the basics of fly casting in the easiest of settings possible, a wide open pond full of trout
  • A Naturalist's Walk in the Woods - a hike to the waterfall with eyes open for mushrooms, flowers, odd trees and whatever else we might come across

Evening - Potluck Dinner
6:00-8:00pm Music, Social Hour, Potluck Dinner and BRDC Discussions
Come feast with the Blue Ridge Discovery Center community at The Picking Pavilion, a 30'x40' timber frame shelter outfitted with picnic tables. Bring a dish, your beverage of choice and ideas to discuss.  

Nighttime - Explorations in the Dark

  • Owl prowl - see if we can learn the language of the hoot owls and get a look at the wisest creature of the woods
  • Astronomy - explore the nighttime skies with Evan Worrell and an 8inch telescope

We are looking forward to seeing you there! If you are excited about this, let us know!


From Sparta NC:
1. Head southwest on NC-18 S Continue to follow NC-18 S to "Whitehead" community (3.8 mi)
2. Turn left onto Pine Swamp Rd at Church (0.3 mi) (Pine Swamp Rd sign is missing)
3. Turn right onto Airbellows Gap Rd (1.3 mi)
5. Airbellows Gap Rd turns to Gravel, shortly thereafter keep right to continue on Waterfall Rd (0.1 mi) (Driveway is the next left)
6. Turn left onto Joes Way and follow driveway until you reach the Pavillion