Nature Programs at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center

 

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Why Do They Buzz, Bite, Stink and Sting?
Why do insects do things that humans find annoying or harmful?  Learn fascinating facts about insect behavior in this program.  Go insect hunting and make your own catch-and-release insect net.

Date: July 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 6-10
Last Day to Register: July 23
Register: Here

A Firefly Evening
Why would an insect have a blinking light?  Learn about bioluminescence and the life cycle of fireflies.  Find out some tips on the best places and times to find them.  Decorate your own “Firefly Catch-and-release Jar.”  Then go firefly hunting with us in the Park.  Did you know that Little Brown Bats can live to be forty years old?

Date: July 29, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 6-12
Last Day to Register: July 26
Register: Here

Animal Adaptations
All animals have a special job to do in their habitat.  Over time, their physical structure and behaviors have evolved to make them successful in this job.  We will explore how the ability to adapt helps animals survive and how habitat destruction threatens all.

Date: July 30, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-12
Last Day to Register: July 27
Register: Here

Sun Fun
Join us for some sunny day science investigations.  We’ll use the sun’s energy to warm up some water, cook a treat, tell the time and more.  We’ll also make a take-home project that uses the sun.  This program requires a sunny day.  If the forecasted weather is not suitable, the program will be rescheduled for Aug. 13.

Date: August 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-10
Last Day to Register: Aug. 3.
Register: Here

Wildlife Encounters
The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center treats injured and orphaned native wildlife with the goal of releasing viable wildlife back to their proper habitats.  Sadly, some animals sustain the type of injuries that they can’t be safely returned to the wild and are “non-releasable”.  Fortunately, some of these animals can become ambassadors for their wild counterparts by appearing at educational programs.  This is a free program, but the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center would greatly appreciate donations.

Date: August 13, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Ages: 4+
Last Day to Register: Aug. 10.
Register: Here

Summer Edibles
Find out what plants you can harvest right out of your yard during the summer season.  Learn what part of the plant is tasty and different ways to prepare these plants for eating.  Also, learn to recognize some look-alike plants to avoid eating.

Date: August 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 12+
Last Day to Register: Aug. 17.
Register: Here

Squishy Sensations
Join us in creating slimy, squishy, bouncy, springy balls out of different materials while learning the steps of the scientific method.  Please wear clothes that can get messy!

Date: August 20, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 6-12
Last Day to Register: Aug. 17.
Register: Here

What’s the Weather?
This program is chock-full of fun activities for the young weather watcher.  Participants will also construct a few instruments to use at home for a personal weather observation station.

Date: August 27, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 7-12
Last Day to Register: Aug. 24.
Register: Here

Mammals of Mill Mountain
Everyone needs a home!  Homes help animals stay safe and raise their young.  In this class, we will hike the mountain trails to look for signs of animal homes and habitats.  Learn about the life cycles, range, and behaviors of various mammal species that call Mill Mountain home.

Date: August 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-12
Last Day to Register: Aug. 24.
Register: Here