Nature Programs

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Nature Lab Series: Virginia—Wild and Wonderful
Nature Lab is a six-week series of environmental science lessons that supplement the home-schooled student’s curriculum through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and crafts.

What do you know about coal mining, blue crabs, peanuts and the Dismal Swamp? As a Nature Lab participant, take a classroom “tour” of Virginia to explore its variety of wildlife and natural resources. “Travel” from the Appalachian forests to the Chesapeake Bay to learn about the geographic regions, watersheds, minerals, plants, animals and agricultural products found across the state.

Date: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21
Time: 2-4pm
Registration Fee: $30
Last Day to Register: Sept. 14th
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Date: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 10am-12pm
Registration Fee: $30
Last Day to Register: Sept. 14th
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Leave No Trace Workshop, Sept. 27th
(12+) Learn how to minimize your impact on the outdoors by attending a Leave No Trace awareness workshop at the Discovery Center. Led by a certified Leave No Trace instructor, participants will receive a general overview of minimum impact outdoor recreation as well as introductory training on Leave No Trace skills and ethics using the trails around Mill Mountain.

Date: Sept. 27th, 2-4pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Sept. 24th
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World Egg Day, Oct. 10th
(5-12) This holiday celebrates the health benefits of eating eggs. We will celebrate by learning what goes on inside a fertilized egg and conducting experiments to see how strong an egg really is.

Date: Oct. 10th, 6-7pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 7th
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Fall Foliage Hike
(5+) Fall is a very scenic time of year on Mill Mountain. Hike 1.5 miles and learn all about what the plants and animals are doing to prepare for winter.

Joe Hanning with the Girls

Date: Oct. 11th, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 8th
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Reptile Awareness Day
(6+) Reptiles play an important role in an ecosystem. Honor these awesome animals by celebrating Reptile Awareness Day at the Discovery Center. You will have an up-close encounter with our resident snakes and box turtle.

Date: Oct. 21st, 6-7pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 16th
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Leap Into Fall Nature Hike, Nov. 1st
(18+) Spend the last day of daylight savings time on a naturalist-led sunset hike around the mountain to learn more about the effect of the changing seasons on Mill Mountain and the valley below.

Date: Nov. 1st, 6-7:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Oct. 29th
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An Apple a Day…, Nov. 8th
(3-6) Join us for this program about all things apple! Listen to a story, make apple prints, taste an apple treat and learn about this fruit that is important to our area.

Date: Nov. 8th, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Nov. 5th
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Fire: Nature’s Friend or Foe?, Nov. 15th???????????????????????????????
(6-10) You already know that fire can be dangerous. Come to this program to learn about the science related to fire and the role of wildfires in nature. Practice building (but not lighting) a campfire outdoors. Make a cool campfire craft to take home.

Date: Nov. 15th, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Nov. 12th
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