Nature Programs at the Mill Mountain Discovery Center

Crystal Springs Steam Pump Tour
At the foot of Mill Mountain sits the home of a magnificent steam-driven water pump that served as the City’s primary water source for over 50 years.  Step back in time and discover an often overlooked, but special, piece of Roanoke’s history.

Date: December 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Price: FREE
Ages: 8+
Last Day to Register: Dec. 7.
Register: Here

Winter Birds Hike
Discover which birds are still active during the winter and learn about migration on this hike.  Then, we’ll make a pine cone feeder craft to help keep the birds in our yards well-fed when food is scarce!

Date: December 10, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-12
Last Day to Register: Dec. 7.
Register: Here

Edible Ornaments for Wildlife
Celebrate the season of giving by making several different types of edible ornaments to share with wild friends in your neighborhood, while learning about the animals.  You will also get to make a unique ornament for your home!

Date: December 17, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 4-12
Last Day to Register: Dec. 14.
Register: Here

Winter Woods Wildlife
Flying south and sleeping deeply are ways that some animals survive the winter, but how do the rest survive the cold?  We’ll explore outside, play a game to learn about active winter animals, and then make an animal track craft to take home!

Date: January 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-10
Last Day to Register: Jan. 4.
Register: Here

Winter Woodland Hike
Discovery that the woods are anything but quiet and grey.  You will enjoy finding out how woodland plants and animals survive through the cold and how they prepare for Spring.  Participants must be able to hike at least 1.5 miles on rocky trails.

Date: January 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 6+
Last Day to Register: Jan. 11.
Register: Here

Nutty Squirrel Hike
Have you ever wondered why the Eastern Gray Squirrel flicks its tail or makes that barking noise?  Hike and learn more about interesting squirrel behavior!

Date: January 21, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-12
Last Day to Register: Jan. 18.
Register: Here

Family Hike and & Hot Cocoa
Take in the winter scenery on a 1.5 mile hike on Mill Mountain.  Warm up afterwards as we enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa!  Only one adult per family needs to register.  Families with children ages 5+ are welcome!

Date: January 28, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Price: $11/family
Ages: Families with kids 5+
Last Day to Register: Jan. 25.
Register: Here

Science of Snowflakes
Did you know that snowflakes are like fingerprints:  no two are alike?  Join us as we take a closer look at these beautiful marvels of nature and create our own snowflakes craft to take home!

Date: February 4, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-12
Last Day to Register: Feb. 1.
Register: Here

Hibernation Experiments
Discover the reasons why animals need to sleep during the winter by conducting hands-on experiments.  Finish this fun-filled class by creating a neat nature craft!

Date: February 11, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 5-10
Last Day to Register: Feb. 8.
Register: Here

All About Bears for Preschoolers
Learn about what black bears eat and where they live by playing a game, listening to a story, making a craft and going on a fun “bear hunt” adventure.

Date: February 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Price: $4
Ages: 3-4
Last Day to Register: Feb. 15.
Register: Here

Maple Tapping
Learn how to identify Maple trees and take part in the age-old tradition of tapping trees and collecting sap and then enjoying a delicious maple treat.  This program requires the ability to hike about 1 mile on and off trail.  Note:  Participating adults accompanying children must register if they want a maple snack!

Date: February 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Price: $6
Ages: 6+
Last Day to Register: Feb. 22.
Register: Here