Join a Park Ranger for June Programs About Bats, Clouds and Knots at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 4:40 pm

May 29, 2012. June is a great month to get outside, to learn about the world around us and to have some fun at Grandfather Mountain State Park. Join a park ranger to learn about bats, clouds, knots, trails and more in these June programs:

“BAT”minton

June 2, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Boone Fork Parking Area (milepost 299.9 on Blue Ridge Pkwy):

What are mist nets and how do biologists use them when doing research on bats? Join a ranger for this hands-on program using badminton rackets and nets and find out! Fun and informative for all ages. Please call the park office if you have any questions: 828-963-9522.

 

What kind of clouds are in the sky?

June 3, 2 p.m. at the Boone Fork Parking Area (milepost 299.9 on Blue Ridge Pkwy)

Do you know how many kinds of clouds there are in the sky? Join a park ranger to find out. You’ll learn how to identify cloud types and what kind of weather is associated with each cloud type. We’ll discuss the layers of atmosphere each cloud forms in and or rises up to. You can also make a cloud chart to take home with you. Please call the park office if you have any questions: 828-963-9522.

 

Volunteer Trail Work Day on the Profile Trail

June 16, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Profile Trailhead (located on hwy 105 S.)

Have you ever hiked a trail and wondered how it got there or who maintains it? Well your days of wonder are over…join a park ranger and help to fix a section of trail on the profile trail in Grandfather Mountain State Park. No experience or tools are needed as the park will supply these things. What you will need are sturdy shoes (no flip flops or sandal style shoes are permitted), work gloves (leather preferred), comfortable work clothes, snacks and beverage (non alcoholic). Additional items you may want include bug spray, sunscreen, rain jacket, etc. Work can include any of the following: digging up roots and or soil, moving small or large rocks, erosion control, building rock wall, and other tasks similar in nature. This is a fun environment to work in and a great way to give back to the area you hike in. Please call the park office if you have any questions: 828-963-9522.

 

Right or Knot

June 17, 2012, 2 p.m. at the Profile Trailhead

It is said that no two people tie their shoes the same, but it’s not said they use a different kind of knot to do it. Join a ranger and learn some very easy knots that you can use when camping, hiking, tying a canoe/ kayak down or to make decorative mats that you can use at your house. You’ll get to practice tying the knots with the ranger and take home an instructional guide of the knots to help you replicate them later.

 

What kind of clouds are in the sky?

June 23, 11 a.m. at the Boone Fork Parking Area (milepost 299.9 on Blue Ridge Pkwy):

Boone Fork Parking Area (milepost 299.9 on Blue Ridge Pkwy)

Do you know how many kinds of clouds there are in the sky? Join a park ranger to find out. You’ll learn how to identify cloud types and what kind of weather is associated with each cloud type. We’ll discuss the layers of atmosphere each cloud forms in and or rises up to. You can also make a cloud chart to take home with you. Please call the park office if you have any questions: 828-963-9522.

 

“BAT”minton

June 24, 2 p.m., at the Boone Fork Parking Area (milepost 299.9 on Blue Ridge Pkwy):

What are mist nets and how do biologists use them when doing research on bats? Join a ranger for this hands-on program using badminton rackets and nets and find out! Fun and informative for all ages. Please call the park office if you have any questions: 828-963-9522.

 

For more information, call the park office at 828-963-9522 or email andy.sicard@ncdenr.gov.

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