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  1. CANCELED Explore The Peaks of Otter (Ages 10+)

    April 11, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Departs from Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Join us at the Peaks of Otter for one of the most popular hikes in the Roanoke area! The Sharp Top Trail is a strenuous 3 mile out-and-back trail that climbs steeply to a panoramic view of the surrounding Piedmont and Shenandoah valleys. Participants should be prepared for a stout hike while carrying their own water and food, as there are no water sources along the trail. Transportation provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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  2. Butterflies (All Ages)

    April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Butterflies are nature’s super heroes and they save the world every day! Plants and animals depend on butterflies and other pollinators for their very lives. Learn to identify local species and their life cycles. Take a walk, look close and discover butterflies. Participants will get to make a butterfly feeder, learn how to encourage backyard butterflies, and receive a butterfly checklist. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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  3. CANCELED Springing Open! (All Ages)

    April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Hinchee Park

    Celebrate the start of spring with a short hike on the Hinchee Trail. A nature guide will lead the way along this new gem, all the while spying on oak and redbud leaf buds in addition the early birds (among other animals) who nibble on them. As you climb onward and upward so too will fiddle heads on ferns. Enjoy a quiet pause to look for signs that friends with four paws, just might be ready to wake up from a long winter nap. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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  4. CANCELED Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding (Ages 13+)

    April 22, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Carvin's Cove

    SUP is quickly becoming a favorite river activity for anyone who wants a fun and new way to play on the water. Start the experience with an on-land lesson taught by a certified paddleboard instructor followed by time in the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Must be able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included.

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  5. CANCELED Spring Hollow Exploration

    April 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Spring Hollow Reservoir

    The Spring Hollow Reservoir holds 3.2 billion gallons of water and is used as an important drinking water source, but this protected space also serves as a haven for wildlife and natural beauty. Experience this watershed that is generally closed to the public with our partners from the Western Virginia Water Authority. We will begin with a five mile interpretive hike around the reservoir—including the opportunity to cross over the 990 foot long dam. Afterwards, we will tour the Spring Hollow Water Treatment Facility and learn more about our drinking water’s journey from the Roanoke River to the faucet. Please pack a lunch for the hike and a water bottle. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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  6. CANCELED Introduction to Fly Fishing (Ages 12+)

    April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Dr. Kevin Kelleher, author of “Tenkara: Radically Simple Fly Fishing” will present this exciting and informative workshop. Workshop participants will compare traditional fly fishing to the Tenkara Japanese rods and methods: includes casting, strategies and tips, locating fish, and a mini fly tying demo. Participants will also get an introduction to aquatic insect live cycles - macro-invertebrates and the importance of water quality. Rods and reels will be provided or bring your own. Workshop will include time on the Roanoke River. Pre-registration required.

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