Nature Programs

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Full Moon Interpretative Hike, Dec. 6th
Join a Discovery Center naturalist on this interpretative hike around Mill Mountain to learn about the lunar cycle and the ways in which it influences wildlife on the mountain. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Dec 6th, 6-7:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec. 3rd
Register: Here

Geology of the Roanoke Region, Dec. 10th
Ever wonder about the difference between the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains? Do you want to know why McAfee Knob is a flat overlook while Dragons Tooth stands tall? Come to this interactive program focused on highlighting the geological features of the Roanoke Region and receive detailed information on the coolest geological hikes in the area.

Date: Dec. 10th, 6-7:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec 7th
Register: Here 

Discovery Center Scavenger Hunt, Dec. 13th
Many animals rely on a food cache to survive the winter on Mill Mountain. The only challenge is that they have to remember where they hid the cache! Join in for this family-oriented nature program where parent-child teams follow clues to find the Discovery Center’s own caches filled with prizes. Warm up afterwards with hot chocolate.

Date: Dec. 13th, 3-4:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec. 10th
Register: Here 

Edible Ornaments for Wildlife,  Dec. 19th
These are not your typical ornaments! When you have finished your creations, you will take them home to decorate your outside trees. But, the fun doesn’t stop there, enjoy watching the wildlife as they eat up your yummy ornaments. Also, lean about ways to make your holiday greener.

Date: Dec. 19th, 6-7pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec. 16th
Register: Here 

Winter Survival Class, Dec. 20thMillMountainTollBridge
What would you do if you were lost in the woods during the winter time? Come learn new skills as we learn what it takes to survive during Virginia’s winter.

Date: Dec. 20th, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec. 17th
Register: Here 

Attracting Winter Birds, Jan. 3rd
Roanoke is the residence for many different winter birds. Learn how to identify some of the birds that can be seen in our area in winter. We will then learn how to attract these beautiful winter birds to our own back yards.

Date: Jan. 3rd, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Dec. 30th
Register: Here 

Buds N’ Bark, Jan. 10th
What goes on with trees during winter? Come prepared for a short, wintry forest walk to learn tips for identifying trees with no leaves.

Date: Jan. 10th, 2-3:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Jan. 7th
Register: Here

Joe Hanning with the Girls

Family Hike and Hot Cocoa, Jan. 17th
Come join us at the Discovery Center and take in the winter scenery on a 1.5 mile hike on Mill Mountain. Warm up afterwards as we all enjoy a delicious cup of hot cocoa!

Date: Jan. 17th, 2-3:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Jan. 14th
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Footprints in the Snow, Jan. 24th
Who lives here? Not everyone leaves for Florida in the winter! Learn to track wildlife by the tracks and other signs they leave behind.

Date: Jan. 17th, 2-3:30pm
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Jan. 21th
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Natural Beauty Facial (Adult), Jan. 30th
By using all natural materials we will create and use a facial scrub, an herbal facial steam and finish with a natural cool down. We will also learn to create other all natural beauty products. You will have a relaxing and calming time while learning how to create your own products at home. Join us to unwind after a busy holiday season.

Date: Jan. 30th, 6-7pm
Registration Fee: $8
Last Day to Register: Jan. 21th
Register: Here

Natural Beauty Facial (ages 10-16), Jan. 31st
By using all natural materials we will create and use a facial scrub, an herbal facial steam and finish with a natural cool down. We will also learn to create other all natural beauty products. You will have a relaxing and calming time while learning how to create your own products at home. Join us to unwind after a busy holiday season.

Date: Jan. 31st, 10-11am
Registration Fee: $8
Last Day to Register: Jan. 21th
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The Science of Snowflakes, Feb. 7th
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 snow flake craft to take home.

Date: Jan. 31st, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $6
Last Day to Register: Feb. 4th
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Maple Tapping
Come and learn how to identify maple trees and take part in the age-old tradition of tapping trees and collecting sap. End the program with a delicious maple syrup snack. This program requires the ability to hike about 1 mile on and off trail.
Registration Fee: $6Maple Tapping2

Dates:
Feb. 14th, 10-11:30am……….Register Here
Feb. 14th, 1-2:30pm…………..Register Here
Feb. 21st, 10-11:30am………..Register Here
Feb. 21st, 1-2:30pm…………..Register Here

DIY: Indoor Composting, Feb. 28th
Do you wish you could become more ?green? by composting, but you live in an apartment or lack the outdoor space? Then, this is the program for you! Participants will create their own small indoor compost bin to take home and learn how to properly maintain it to avoid odors.

Date: Feb. 28st, 10-11:30am
Registration Fee: $24
Last Day to Register: Feb.21st
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