Nature Programs

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Batty About Bats, May 29th

Can you imagine using sound to find your food? Learn about little brown bats, what disease is hurting them, and how we can help them. Then go in search for the bats that call Mill Mountain home.
Date: May 29th, 7:30-9pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: May 23rd
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The Roanoke “Big Trees” Tour, May 30th
Join us for this guided van trip as we visit various locations around the city to see trees that have been selected for special recognition including 2 State Champions and one National Co-Champion. You’ll ride in comfort and enjoy a stop along the way for a local bakery treat.Date: May 30th, 2-4pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: May 27th
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Give a Hoot, June 6thTreesl
Join us in dissecting owl pellets, singing like owls, exploring owl characteristics, and learning about owls in Virginia.Date: June 6th, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: June 3rd
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Nature Day for the Retired, June 12th
Are you looking for a fun and different way to spend a weekday? Then come to this program where you will do several activities at a relaxed pace to allow time for sampling the natural beauty of the mountain. Activities will include bird watching, identifying wildflowers, going on a nature scavenger hunt in the garden, and much more. Pack a lunch and come enjoy this time in nature.Date: June 12th, 10am-1pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: June 8th
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Backyard Flower Bomb, June 13th
Join us for a hands-on program to learn about the many benefits of native wildflowers as well as their role in our local ecosystem. We will also make seed bombs that you can take home to spread in your own backyard.Date: June 13th, 3:30pm-5pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: June 13th
Register: HereFun with Flowers and More, June 20th
Sample some easy and inexpensive ways to use flowers, leaves, and other plant parts to make your own summer creations. Pressing, pounding, and printing are just a few of the possibilities we?ll explore in this nature crafting class.

Date: June 20th, 10:30am-11pm
Price: $6
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Family Fun Night at the Discovery Center, June 20th
Paul ChapmanJoin us for a fun night of nature games, crafts, and other activities, and, of course, some yummy snacks. Only one parent needs to register for all immediate family members.

Date: June 20th, 5:30pm-7pm
Price: $12
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Summer Solstice Special, June 21st
Come to the Discovery Center on the longest day of the year to learn about the role the sun plays in natural cycles on the mountain. We will also have a safe solar observing session using a solar telescope as well as create sun-inspired nature art that you can take home.

Date: June 21st, 4pm-5:30pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: June 17th
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Lawn Chair Birding, June 27th
If you love to bird or wish to learn the birds you see in your backyard, but you do not want to walk far, then this program is perfect for you. We will take a leisurely stroll to three different, but close locations on the top of Mill Mountain to sit and watch for the birds that fly by.

Date: June 27th, 8am-9:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: June 24th
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Ponds – What Lives There?, July 11th
Ponds can be large or small, deep or shallow, but all ponds have lots of things in common. Those special things make ponds an ideal home for plants, fish, reptiles, insects, and mammals. Come with us and explore a whole new kind of waterpark.

Date: July 11th, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 8th
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Radical Reptiles, July 16th
Are you ready for a radical time? Learn all about what makes a reptile a reptile, scales and all. We will meet some resident reptiles at the Discovery Center, and best of all?you will be able to watch the amazing way a snake EATS!

Date: July 16th, 6pm-7pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 13th
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Why Go Native, July 18thCorn snake3
Come on a hike with us and identify the native plants that thrive on Mill Mountain. Discover the importance of these plants and why invasive species threaten their survival.

Date: July 18th, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 15th
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Mountain Forrest Habitats, July 25
Let’s go exploring! Hike around the beautiful trails on Mill Mountain while we learn about the animals who find an ideal home here. What elements make up a habitat? How does the climate on the mountain differ from that in the valley? Small climate changes make big differences for plants and animals. Adults are welcome to join in on the fun.

Date: July 25th, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 22nd
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A Firefly Evening, July 31st
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.

Date: July 31st, 8pm-9:30pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 27th
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 Litter Critters, August 1stCAMP 5
Litter happens. Did you know that animals recycle too? Explore the many ways that animals use man-made litter to build their homes and how that can sometimes be harmful. We?ll learn what we can do to help.

Date: August 1st, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 29th
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Survival of the Fittest, August 1st
Test out your physical skills to see how you would compare to local wildlife. We will measure things like how far and high you can jump, how fast you can run, and how long you can hold your breath to see how you stack up in the animal world. Be prepared to get physical.

Date: August 1st, 4pm-5:30pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: July 29th
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Build a Better Fly Trap, August 8th
Challenge yourself to design and build a new way to trap pesky flies. First, we will need to learn a little about the lifecycle and behavior of flies. Then we will create fly traps that will catch the flies so you can release them outside. Materials will be provided for you to test your creativity and present your design to the group.

Date: August 8th, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: August 5th
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Night Sounds, August 14thIMG_0880
While many people come to Mill Mountain to escape the sounds of the city below, have you ever realized how loud it actually is on the mountain at night? On this naturalist-led walk you will learn about the animals that are active once the sun goes down as we listen and try to identify the many different sounds of the night.

Date: August 14th, 8pm-9:30pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: August 10th
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Hooray for Hummingbirds, August 15th
Have you ever spotted a hummingbird in your yard? Find out about the amazing feats these tiny birds can perform in order to feed, fly and survive. Make and decorate your own hummingbird feeder.

Date: August 15th, 10am-12pm
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: August 12th
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Family Nature Games, August 20th
Bring your family to the mountain for a fun-filled morning of nature games. You will play interactive games with your children that will teach them to appreciate our natural environment. Only one parent needs to register for all immediate family members.IMG_0923

Date: August 20th, 6pm-7:30pm
Price: $9
Last Day to Register: August 12th
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Terrific Trees, August 22nd
Join us in discovering how trees are important to us and to our environment. Then go on a walk and identify the trees that call Mill Mountain home. Also, make a tree craft to take with you.

Date: August 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: August 19th
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Ants – Working for a Living, August 29th
Enter the fascinating world of the ant colony, a place where everyone has a special job and the work never ends. We will get up close to discover the behavior of ants, and experiment with the kinds of food that attract them.

Date: August 22nd, 10am-11:30am
Price: $6
Last Day to Register: August 26th
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