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Stream Discovery

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White’s Mill, 12314 White's Mill Road
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Register by Thursday, July 27, by calling 276-628-1600.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable volunteers will show how to catch and identify invertebrates, the tiny creatures that live in healthy streams. This event is suitable for children, parents and teachers. The workshop will be at White’s Mill near Abingdon on Friday, July 28, with a rain date of August 4 at 10 am.

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Creeper Trail Ride with the Legend

July 29 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Ride with the Legend gives bikers a chance to experience the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail, guided by ‘The Legend’ Lawrence Dye, an 85-year-old Trail Ambassador who has logged more than 192,000 miles of biking on the region’s finest rails-to-trails landmark.

Sponsored by the Virginia Creeper Trail Club, the ride will begin at the Abingdon Trailhead at 8 am on July 29 and proceed through Damascus to Whitetop Station and back. The pace will be moderate with plenty of breaks, and mileage can be shortened by joining or leaving the group at different locations along the trail. Participants should bring their own bikes (or rent one in Abingdon or Damascus) as well as weather-appropriate clothing, water, food and a tire-repair kit.

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Hike to the Great Channels

July 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 9:00am

Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Dates:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 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 learn about the geology and ecology of the area. Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous six-mile round-trip hike. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots and bring lunch, plenty of water, and possibly rain gear.

Participants will meet at Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road Saltville, VA 24370.

To register for Thursday's hike call 276-236-2322 or email zachary.olinger@dof.virginia.gov by Monday, July 31. Limit 20 participants.

To register for Saturday's hike call 276-676-5673 or email claiborne.woodall@dcr.virginia.gov by Tuesday, July 25. Limit 20 participants.

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Abingdon Vineyard & Winery Tour

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Abingdon Winery, 20530 Alvarado Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Event Date:
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 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). Bring a picnic lunch and buy a glass (or bottle) of wine to go with it.

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Stargazing with the Owls

July 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sugar Hollow Park, 3600 Lee Hwy
Bristol, VA 24202 United States
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Event Date
Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Join other "night owls" for this unique experience. Assemble at the Frisbee Golf area of Sugar Hollow Park at 9 pm for a brief talk on owl biology, followed by calling and hopefully observing resident owls in the park. That activity will be followed at 10 pm by a time of stargazing – identifying planets, stars, and other interesting objects in the night sky. Bristol Virginia Parks and Recreation Department is helping to host this event.

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Hops at Kelly Ridge Farms

July 31 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Kelly Ridge Farms, 30558 Old Saltworks Road
Meadowview, VA 24361 United States
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Event Date
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Kelly Ridge Farms has been growing hops since 2013 on a farm that has been worked by nine generations of Kellys since 1790. See how hops are grown and harvested to provide local breweries with locally-sourced ingredients.

Meet at Meadowview Town Square, Exit 24 off I-81 to carpool.

Kelly Ridge Farms Website
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(865) 223-4400

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American Chestnut Walk

August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Abingdon Visitors Center, 335 Cummings Street
Abingdon, VA United States
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Event Date:
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Did you know Abingdon has a grove of American chestnut trees? Learn the history of the blight that drove chestnut trees to near extinction and of efforts to restore them. In Veterans Memorial Park, off Cummings Street, volunteers have planted blight resistant trees bred by the American Chestnut Foundation. The tour begins at the small pavilion near the Abingdon Visitor Center and proceeds to the trees near the Bronze Ribbon Monument. Park at the Visitors’ Center.

The Foundation’s first research farm was established in nearby Meadowview, Virginia in 1989. Today, the Meadowview Research Farms have approximately 50,000 trees at various stages of breeding planted on more than 150 acres of land.

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Damascus History Walk

August 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Red Caboose in Damascus Town Park, 55775 Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
Damascus, VA 24236 United States
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Event Date
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

A short walk through Damascus will be led by Bunny Medeiros, author of Friendliest Town on the Trail. How Damascus became a tourist destination will be highlighted, along with reflections on the town’s history.

Meet at the Red Caboose in Town Park as you enter town. (Corner of S. Beaver Dam and Laurel Ave.)

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Snorkeling in Whitetop-Laurel with Blue Ridge Discovery Center

August 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Red Caboose in Damascus Town Park, 55775 Virginia Creeper National Recreation Trail
Damascus, VA 24236 United States
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Event Date
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center and snorkel for native fish, aquatic insects and hellbenders on Whitetop-Laurel Creek. Wetsuits, snorkel masks, and changing tents are provided by BRDC, but you need to bring a swimsuit and towels. We will be snorkeling in 1-3 feet of water with no swimming necessary. Our creeks host an amazing diversity of colorful fish including sculpins, darters, dace, trout, suckers and more. Learn all about the underwater habitat and fish ecology. Ages 6 and up. Limited to 24 participants. Register by August 1.

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Hiking the AT: Tales of the Trail

August 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Date
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Thru-hikers share their experiences about walking the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Ranging in age from their 20s to 80s, Peter Morgan, Ed Morgan, Laura Blankenship, Judith Foster, and Collins Chew will share pictures, talk informally, and answer questions. Chew wrote about the geology of the trail in Underfoot and walked it in segments. Morgan hiked it in 2000 after graduation from college. Others who have connections to the trail are invited to share their experiences too.

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Hike to the Great Channels

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on an unspecified date at 9:00am

Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road
Saltville, VA 24370 United States
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Event Dates:
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 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 learn about the geology and ecology of the area. Participants should be prepared for a moderately strenuous six-mile round-trip hike. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots and bring lunch, plenty of water, and possibly rain gear.

Participants will meet at Hayters Gap Community Center, 7720 Hayters Gap Road Saltville, VA 24370.

To register for Thursday's hike call 276-236-2322 or email zachary.olinger@dof.virginia.gov by Monday, July 31. Limit 20 participants.

To register for Saturday's hike call 276-676-5673 or email claiborne.woodall@dcr.virginia.gov by Tuesday, July 25. Limit 20 participants.

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Birds of Prey

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 18415 Lee Hwy
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date
Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am

A raptor education program and live demonstration will be presented by Wings to Soar, an acclaimed raptor education group from Trenton, Georgia. The group utilizes music, video, humor, and live hawks and owls to provide an exciting educational and entertaining experience for the entire family.

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Hike on the AT

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lowe’s, 24500 Falcon Place Blvd
Abingdon, 24211 United States
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Event Date
Friday, August 4, 2017 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Hike with Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club on a section of the AT, usually about 4 miles. Wear trail shoes or boots. Bring water, lunch, rain gear, hiking poles, and cameras.

For more information, email jaf@centurylink.net.

Meet at Lowe’s, Exit 19, Abingdon, to carpool. Park at garden center end.

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Raising Mussels in a Fish Hatchery

August 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Buller Fish Hatchery, 1724 Buller Hatchery Rd
Marion, VA 24354 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Limit 20 participants. Admission is free with advanced registration.
Register at 276-783-2125 or jim2carrie@embarqmail.com.

Freshwater mussels are an integral component of American rivers and streams, which are home to approximately one-third of the world's total species. Mussels are one of the few animals that improve water quality by filtering bacteria and algae.

Raising mussels to release back into our local rivers is the main focus of work at Virginia's Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Center at the Buller Fish Hatchery near Marion, VA. On this tour see how biologists produce stocks of rare and imperiled species of freshwater mussels for release back to the wild. The mussels' host fish, like catfish, small-mouth bass, and darters, are also raised at the center.

Buller Fish Hatchery, 1724 Buller Hatchery Rd, Marion, Virginia 24354
The hatchery at Exit 39 of I-81 is about 35 minutes from Abingdon.

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Edible Plants Walk

August 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia, 1322 Rocky Hollow Rd
Atkins , VA 24311 United States
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Event Date:
Sunday, August 6, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

To register, email jim2carrie@embarqmail.com or call 276-783-2125.

Can’t beat the weeds? Then eat the weeds. Join naturalist Carrie Sparks for an easy one-mile walk along the birding trail at the Settlers Museum of Southwest Virginia where we will find over 30 common plants that can be used for food, tea or medicine. Several “wild” food items and drinks will be prepared for you to sample. Bring a snack and drink and perhaps a camera. Walk is limited to 15.

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