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Stream Discovery Workshop

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White’s Mill, 12314 White's Mill Road
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to Noon

Attend a hands-on Stream Discovery Workshop at White’s Mill as part of the Virginia Highlands Festival. Participants will discover how to catch and identify pollution-sensitive macroinvertebrates—tiny creatures such as stonefly, mayfly, water penny, and many others—living in stream beds. Cathy Landy, a certified trainer in the Virginia Save Our Streams monitoring method, leads the workshop which also features a pollution prevention game for kids and an educators’ session to learn teaching techniques about watersheds and pollution prevention.

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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

If you are between 4 and 14, become a VHF Outdoors Adventurer by picking up an Outdoors Adventure Activity Book at the Youth Tent or the VHF Information Booth and completing activities as you go through Abingdon. Learn about Abingdon’s parks—for butterflies, munchkins, and veterans. Find out about wyes, muster grounds, and two kinds of Virginia Creepers. Take your completed book at the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoors Adventurer patch.

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Creeper Trail Ride to Honor Lawrence the Legend

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00am to 2:00pm

The Creeper Trail Ride gives bikers a chance to experience the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Lawrence Dye, an 86-year-old Trail Ambassador, has logged more than 192,000 miles of biking on the region’s finest rails-to-trails landmark. Lawrence the Legend often rode daily to Whitetop Station and back to Abingdon.

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Hike to Cleveland Barrens

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet at Food Country, 15811 Porterfield Hwy
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Hike a moderately-strenuous 4-mile round-trip trail in the Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserve along the Clinch River in Russell County. The property is owned by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Within species-rich limestone forests and woodlands is a globally-rare natural community called limestone-dolomite barrens. These “barrens” are remnants of native prairies which once extended from the mid-west into Virginia. Found on steep southwest-facing slopes, these “barrens” support numerous rare plants and animals.

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Abingdon Vineyard & Winery Tour

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abingdon Winery, 20530 Alvarado Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm Enjoy a tour of the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery. First walk about 1.5 miles through the vineyard and learn about some of the different grape varietals. Then tour the winery production facilities, and sample wine in their tasting room (which opens at noon.) Try six varieties for $5. Bring a picnic lunch, and buy a glass or bottle of wine to go with it.

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Bird Walk with Writers’ Visions of Nature

July 30 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 7:30 to 9:00am

Look for birds on the Creeper Trail, and reflect on the beauty and wonder of nature as found in literature, music lyrics, and poetry. During a meandering walk along the trail identifying birds and other wildlife, walk leader Randy Smith will also share poetry and passages from naturalists’ journals. Bring along a verse to share and binoculars for observation. Total walk length will not exceed two miles.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: A Walk in the Well Fields

August 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Food Country, 402 Palmer Ave
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Join Master Naturalist and plant enthusiast Carrie Sparks and Saltville historian Harry Haynes for a walk through Saltville’s unique wetlands. The Well Fields, which is the site of extraction wells of the salt industry, is host to a large variety of native and introduced plants and over 50 bird species. Due to the seepage of salt from the old wells, the shallow ponds, which are fed by fresh water from the Palmer Spring, are saline enough in some locations to support saltwater plant species.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: Museum of Middle Appalachians

August 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museum of the Middle Appalachians, 123 Palmer Avenue
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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$3

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Saltville has been important from the Ice Age through the Civil War to the present. The Museum of the Middle Appalachians has exhibits of woolly mammoth and mastodon fossils which have been discovered in Saltville, exhibits of the history of salt extraction, and exhibits showing Saltville’s importance during the Civil War. Touring the museum and viewing its videos will provide a larger context to understand Saltville’s history and unique natural characteristics.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: On Your Own – Salt Trail

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saltville Saltville, VA United States + Google Map
Free

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:00 to 5:00pm

The Salt Trail is an 8.7 mile multi-use trail connecting the towns of Glade Spring and Saltville. The trail follows a former rail bed except for a small portion near Plasterco, where it enters the highway.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: On Your Own – Big Tumbling Creek

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Tumbling Creek, 2387 Tumbling Creek Rd
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:00 to 5:00pm

Big Tumbling Creek, a part of the Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area, is filled with waterfalls. It is a popular, local fishing stream, stocked several times per week with trout. Fishing along the seven miles of Tumbling Creek and its tributaries is permitted from 5 am until one hour after sunset during the season.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: On Your Own – Stoney Point Railroad

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Stoney Point Railroad, 706-730 Old Mill Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:00 to 5:00pm

Stoney Point Railroad is a miniature railroad town built by a retired coal miner using only scrap material. The miner, Sam Johnson, created small versions of typical town buildings, and even a working train car that children can ride.

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DAY IN SALTVILLE: On Your Own – Hardy Roberts Memorial Wave Pool

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hardy Roberts Memorial Wave Pool, 127 Palmer Ave.
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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$5

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:00 to 5:00pm

Hardy Roberts Memorial Wave Pool, also called the Mammoth Pool, was named for the first man from Smyth County to die in WWII. This wave pool, 150’ by 60’, can generate ocean-like waves. There’s a children’s area and a concession stand. The daily fee is $5.

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Hike to the Great Channels

August 2 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Great Channels is a unique geologic formation composed of a network of deep sandstone crevices at the top of Clinch Mountain. It is part of the Channels State Forest and Natural Area Preserve. On the hike, participants will also see high-elevation forest communities and learn about the geology and ecology of the area.

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Stargazing with the Owls

August 3 @ 8:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Bartlett-Crowe Field Station, 35000 Barrtree Lane
Glade Spring, VA 24340 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 8:45 to 10:30pm

There is nothing more haunting and mystical than the call of an owl on a starry, moonlit evening. Come to Emory & Henry College’s Bartlett-Crowe Field Station for a brief talk on owl biology by Randy Smith, followed by calling and hopefully observing resident Eastern Screech Owls and Great-Horned Owls, and perhaps others. Owls inhabit our area in surprising numbers. The evening will conclude with a time of stargazing using telescopes to view several planets, constellations, and maybe even a passing satellite. Jayde Fleenor will oversee the telescopes. Dress appropriately for a cool evening and wet grass.

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Mushroom Walk

August 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

Event Date:
Sunday, August 5th, 2018 - 2:00 to 4:00pm

Rebecca Rader, president of the New River Valley Mushroom Club, will lead a walk for 25 participants at Straight Branch Parking Lot, Mt. Rogers NRA (4 miles from Damascus on Rt. 58E). We will walk to collect a few specimens for identification and talk about features of mushrooms that we can observe in the field. We should see many common mushrooms fruiting at the height of the season in our area. We will talk about the basics of mushroom identification and look at some of the best field guides and resources for learning about mushrooms in the Central Appalachians.

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