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Peaks of Otter NatureFest

Date(s):

Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:00 am  - 9:00 pm

Overview:

Join the National Park Service and partners to celebrate and learn about the rich natural history and biodiversity of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Join the National Park Service and partners to celebrate and learn about the rich natural history and biodiversity of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  A series of free lectures and activities presented by experts are available throughout the day incuding: (more info Peter Hamel 540.586.4496)

Abbott Lake TRACK Trail Nature Walk - 9:00 to 10:00; 11:30 to 12:30; 1:45 to 2:45

Hiking Safety- 9:00AM to 9:30AM

Get prepared to safely enjoy the Parkway’s trails & forests.

Bolt from the Blue- 9:45AM to 10:15AM

Learn about the power of thunderstorms and why they are common on summer afternoons.

Snake Survival- 10:15AM to 10:45AM

Learn all about the snake’s daily struggle for survival.

Geology of the Blue Ridge- 10:45AM to 11:15AM

How old are the mountains and why are they here? How did Sharp Top get its distinct shape?

Virginia's Black Bears- 11:30AM to 12:00PM

Learn all about one of the Parkway’s largest & favorite inhabitants  - the American Black Bear.

Adaptable Animals Table–12PM to 12:30PM

Explore a collection of pelts and models to find out how a diverse group of animals call the Blue Ridge their home.

Cavity Nesting Birds- 12:30PM to 1:00PM

The “inside” story about a few of Virginia’s bird species seen through the nesting season including how you can help them.

Raptors on the Move- 1:00PM to 1:30PM

Each autumn, hawks migrate down these mountains to winter homes. Learn where to watch and how to identify our Raptors.

 Snake Survival-1:45PM to 2:15PM

Learn all about the snake’s daily struggle for survival.

Adaptable Animals Table- 2:15PM to 3:30PM

Explore a collection of pelts and models to find out how a diverse group of animals call the Blue Ridge their home.

Virginia's Black Bears- 3:30PM to 4:00PM

Learn all about one of the Parkway’s largest & favorite inhabitants  - the American Black Bear.

Plant and Animal Defenses- 4:00PM

Do you know how different plants and animals defend themselves? Test your knowledge.

Evening Program: Dark Senses – 7:30 PM (45 min program in the Visitor Center Amphitheater)

Join this evening program to find out how nocturnal animals experience their sunless world.

Nature Walks (meet at the Lodge entrance)

Nature’s Hide and Seek- 9:00 AM(Hour long 1 mile easy hike)

Let’s have a scavenger hunt to discover some natural treasures!

The Need for Trees - 11:30AM (Hour long 1 mile easy hike)

Trees provide many things for humans and nature. Get to know them better on this walk.

Nature’s Hide and Seek- 1:45PM (Hour long 1 mile easy hike)

Let’s have a scavenger hunt to discover some natural treasures!

Ever-Changing Nature- 4:00PM (Hour long 1 mile easy hike)

Abbott Lake replaced a marshy meadow in 1965. Find out how humans change nature and how nature changes itself

Location:

Shenandoah National Park
Blue Ridge Parkway
Peaks of Otter, Milepost 86
Bedford, VA 24523
(540) 999-3500

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