National Park Service Ranger Programs

NEW! Explore Park  is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of interpretive programs, hosted by a National Park Service Ranger. From August to October a series of free educational sessions will be held at the Explore Park Visitor Center. For more information about these programs, or to learn more about each week’s topic, please call (540) 427-1800. No advance registration is required for these activities, but an adult must accompany all children. All dates and times are subject to change, and there will be no program on November 11.

Friday November 9th, 2018

4:00 pm

Roanoke River Critters

Meet the Ranger at the Explore Park Visitor Center then travel to Rutrough Point Parking Area on the Roanoke River.  Explore this fascinating ecosystem and learn about the critters that make the river their home.


7:00 pm

Animals of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a refuge for hundreds of species of animals.  A simple drive down the road will virtually guarantee that you an encounter with at least some of the more common ones.  Join the Ranger to learn about the animals that make the Blue Ridge Parkway their home. 



Saturday November 10th, 2018

4:00 pm

Snakes of the Blue Ridge Parkway

There are 20 different species of snakes that make the Blue Ridge Parkway their home, however only two of them are venomous.  Do not worry though; there is an easy way to distinguish between them.  Join the Ranger to learn how to do that as well learning about their important role in the ecosystem.


7:00 pm

Creatures of the Night

Have you ever wondered why some animals’ eyes glow in the dark when your flashlight shines upon them? Meet the Ranger for a Campfire Program to learn all about the different creatures that are stirring while you sleep.


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