Program Descriptions

Mighty Monarchs Did you know these beautiful insects travel thousands of miles on their delicate wings?  Join us to learn why Beech Mountain is one of their favorite places to be.
Corn Husk Dolls Connect with the ways of the past as we learn about the heritage of this old-timey craft, then make your own doll—just like the early settlers and Native Americans of Beech Mountain past.
Hike the Balds Come out for  a hike of unparalleled views and learn about the rare ecosystems that make Roan Mountain such a unique place, all while hiking along the Appalachian Trail!  The trail is moderate in difficulty and can be steep in sectionsPlease bring sturdy shoes, water, a jacket, and a snack.  Meet at the Buckeye Recreation Center promptly and we’ll caravan up to Carver’s Gap, TN together.
Snakes Alive! Learn the facts and fiction about these often misunderstood creatures.
Tree Identification Hike Did you know that the Southern Appalachian Mountains have more tree species than all of Europe combined?  Tag along with us on the trail as we trek through the forest and learn about our local tree diversity.
Map and Compass People have used a map and compass throughout history to help them find their way.  Come out to this program to learn the parts of a map and compass and how your can use them together!
Predator and Prey Meet us for this fun game where we explore the balance of life.
Stream Investigations You get to be the scientist as we learn about stream ecology and discover some aquatic life in its natural habitat.  You may be surprised to learn what we find!  Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to get wet.