Outdoor Education

When it comes to outdoor education, there are many pathways to follow when taking part in an activity lead by the outdoors team at Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

Discovery CenterFrom the literal education standpoint, our experienced staff at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center offers an assortment of learning opportunities for the young and old. Take a walk on the wild side with one of our naturalists as they educate you on the plant and wildlife that live and thrive on the mountain. On a daily basis, you can also experience the wild from the inside, while visiting the animals and hands-on displays inside of the Discovery Center. If your sense of adventure leads you to get out on your own, the Discovery Center is within walking distance of several miles of hiking trails and the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway which is the gateway to all things outdoors.

best Mtn townIf adventure is on your mind, our outdoor adventure department can lead you in the right direction. More than just a hike in the woods, this department is led by a core of well-experienced staff members who have spent countless hours recreating in Roanoke’s scenic wilderness and waterway playgrounds. Dare to explore murder hole, one of Virginia’s most historic caves, or stop by the local pool, and learn to roll a whitewater kayak in preparation for a guided river trip. And we don’t stop when the snow falls! Join us for a dog sled or cross country ski adventure at one of our nearby winter resorts.

All of these challenging and educational opportunities can be found in our quarterly issue of PLAY Magazine, and we think you’ll be pleasantly pleased that the price won’t knock your hiking socks off either.

Come experience the nature of Roanoke in the East’s best mid-sized mountain town!