Wetlands" Hike - (Moderately
strenuous hike taking approx. two and a half hours to complete, and is not
recommended for children under 6 years of age. Wear clothes that can get wet!) This hike will take you to the Beaver Dam
wetlands and Boardwalk. Learn about
the forest trees, wildlife, flowers and how the wetland developed and its
benefits to wildlife.
Salamanders Hike (Appropriate
for all ages.) The High Knob and
surrounding areas are global hotspots for salamander diversity. On this hike,
we will visit their habitats and hunt for the Green Salamander, a particularly
rare and secretive species found only in a few parts of the Appalachians. Along the way we will explore why so many
amphibian species call our mountains home.
Birding Basics Hike- (Ages 6
& up; Short, easy walk; bring field binoculars if you have them!) Learn
ways to identify the birds commonly found in the region, identifying birds by
sight, sound, and habitat.
Kitchen Rock Hike - (An
easy hike but due to the length (3.7 miles), may not be suitable for children
under 6 years of age.) The highlight of
this hike is a large sandstone outcropping called Kitchen Rock. Along the way,
learn about rock tripe, and the many insects, plants and animals that live in
narrow recesses and crevices of
Edible Wild Plants Hike (Appropriate
for all ages) Learn some of the common edible plants in our area and where
and when to find them. Identify plants used for foods, beverages and
Mussels of the Clinch- Freshwater mussels are
the most threatened species in North America. Learn about some of the over 42
species found locally characteristics of each, their life cycles and the
important role they play in keeping our streams clean
Local Caves - Highlights of some of our local caves will be discussed
complimented by expert photos of cave interiors taken by the presenter.
Native Reptiles of the of Southeastern U.S. - Showcased will be
reptiles that the general public might encounter locally, along with live
native reptiles. Learn about the important role these reptiles play in the
Animal Tracks and Signs - Discuss native
wildlife found in our forests. Plus see pelts and animal track molds.
Birds of Prey - See various birds of
prey up-close-and-personal, and learn interesting facts about them.
Wild Mushrooms—See samples of local
wild mushrooms, the habitats they grow in, and the benefits these fungi provide
to us and our environment.