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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
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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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.

Reservations required. Call 276-676-5673 (leaving name, phone number and number of participants) by Thursday, July 26 at 5pm. Limit 20 participants.

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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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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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Free

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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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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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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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

July 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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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

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer 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 to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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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

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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 of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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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Varies

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

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

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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DAY IN SALTVILLE: Tour of Saltville

August 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saltville Saltville, VA United States + Google Map

Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 1:30 to 3:30PM

The salt of Saltville has been important to mastodons, Native Americans, and the military from the War of 1812 to today. Its well field wetlands have plants and birds which flourish in saline waters.

Better understand the history of Saltville by touring several historic buildings. Starting at the Museum of Middle Appalachians, the group will go in a caravan to Madame Russell Methodist Church, St. Paul Episcopal, Elizabeth Cemetery, William King-Stuart Cabin, W. A. Stuart House, the Salt Park, and the paleontological dig.

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Discovering Ice Age Animals of the Saltville Valley

August 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Auditorium, One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 7:30 to 9:30PM

Dr. Blaine Schubert and Dr. Chris Widga of the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology, East Tennessee State University

The Saltville valley in southwest Virginia is a well-known Ice Age locality that has been the subject of paleontological curiosity since the 18th century. For the last 15 years, the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology at East Tennessee State University has been involved in a long-term project to better understand the Ice Animals that once roamed the valley. Join ETSU paleontologists as they explore the history of paleontological investigations in the valley and present updates on new finds.

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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. Reservations required.

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