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Are you happiest outdoors?
   We have award winning nature programs! From hikes and camping, to fossil hunting and adventures, we have activities that are sure to excite the whole family.  Check out online catalog here for the newest activities.

Winter-Spring 2018 Programs now registering:

Homeschool Nature Club
8 – 12yrs
Come explore nature with other homeschool friends in the woods and along the water. Each month we’ll hike, play, and discover new wonders!  Wear appropriate outdoor clothing (no flip flops) and bring water. NO non-registered siblings please. Pre-registration required for entire series. Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center. 
Mondays, 1:00pm-2:30pm
January 8 – Eco-Explorer
February 12 – Leave No Trace
March 19 – Snakes Alive
April 9 – Dipnetting  
$50/$60 (Sibling $35/$45) (res/non-res all 4 classes)

Bird Feeder Fun
3 1/2 – 5yrs
Fly on down for fun with backyard birds! We’ll create a few bird feeders to take home, and learn about our feathered friends who might visit. Snack and story included. Be sure to bring a (non-paying) grown-up with you! Pre-registration required. Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Thursday, January 18 , 1:00-2:00pm
$10/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Jr. Naturalist: Herps  (Reptiles & Amphibians)
10yrs – 16yrs
Join other Junior Naturalists on the search for “herps”—reptiles and amphibians!  Spring is a super time to find frogs, toads, snakes and more. We’ll learn to identify and care for a variety of critters and enjoy an evening “frog walk!” All participants receive a patch – attend three spring/fall courses and get your name on a plaque in the nature center. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center. 
Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm
April 17, 24, May 1*, 8 (*May 1 meets 8-9pm) 
$55/$65 (residents/non-residents)

Frog Walk
6yrs & up
Bullfrogs bellowing, Cricket Frogs clicking, Fowler’s Toads wailing, and more, on this memorable night hike! We’ll enjoy a cacophony of sound along the lakeshore at Motts Run Reservoir as these spring frogs tune up...bound to be a perfect evening. Great for all amphibian enthusiasts--old and young alike. Just bring a flashlight and wear boots or shoes you can get muddy.  (Family event--adults and kids both pay!) Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Friday, May 25 , 8:30-9:45pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Frog Walk for Tadpoles
3 ½  – 5yrs
Leap on over to Motts Run Reservoir with your little tadpoles for a hoppin’ good time looking for frogs. Be prepared to get your feet muddy (no kidding). Snack and story included. Pre-registration required. (Kids must attend with non-paying adult). Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Monday, April 30, 10-11:15am
$10/$10 (residents/non-residents)

Dipnetting for Dragonflies
5yrs – Adult
Search the greening lakeshore for aquatic insects, tadpoles, crayfish, cricket frogs, and more! There’s a world of wonder just beneath the water’s surface. Wear mud shoes. Pre-registration required (kids must attend with paying adult). Instructor: Doris Bryant. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Saturday, May 5, 10:00am-11:00am
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Awesome Orienteering
9yrs – Adult
Learn to use a map and compass and then test your skills on our woodland orienteering course. Wear sturdy footwear and long pants. Compasses and water provided. Pre-registration required (ten and under must attend with paying adult). Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6:00pm
$8/$8 (residents/non-residents)

Supermoon & Blue Moon Night Hike

6yrs to Adult
This is the year of the Double Blue Moon! Two will occur in the same year for the first time since 1961. Let’s celebrate with an evening walk in the winter woods and enjoy the rising Supermoon! Meet at the nature center and be on time – the man in the moon won’t wait!  Wear shoes with good traction, dress warmly, and bring a flashlight. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Wednesday, January 31 , 5:30-6:45pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Winter Night Hike
6yrs – Adult
We’ll start with hot cocoa, then head out to enjoy the evening magic of the winter woods. Whooo knows what we’ll discover! Dress warmly, wear shoes with good traction and bring a flashlight. Pre-registration required (kids must attend with paying adult). Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Friday, February 23 , 7:00pm-8:15pm
$6/$6 (residents/non-residents)

Tree Steward Class 
Are you interested in volunteering to help take care of the beatufiul trees we have planted? This 8 week class will give you the training and tools you need. Email for more information on how you ca get involved. Location: Dorothy Hart Community Center
Tuesdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
January 9 - March 6
Free, please pre-register

Winter Tree Trek 
16 – Adult 
Too many trees, so little time!  Ever wonder how to tell trees apart in the dead of winter? Take a hike and learn tips to tell a hickory from an oak, a tulip poplar from a sweetgum, a beech from a maple…and more. We’ll look at buds, bark, and discover each tree’s record of last year’s growth. Along with this we’ll try out some simple tricks to estimate tree height and age. VA Master Nat. approved advanced training. Dress warmly! Pre-registration required. Instructors: Linda Bailey & Harry Puffenberger. Location: Motts Run Nature Center 
Tuesday, February 27 , 9:00am-11:00am
$15/$15 (residents/non-residents) 

Stargazing in the Park
8yrs – Adult
Join astronomer Myron Wasiuta for spectacular stargazing! Discover the wonders of the universe through a computer-controlled Celestron 14-inch telescope and other state-of-the-art equipment. Dress for the weather and bring a lawn chair (optional). Pre-registration required (kids must attend with paying adult). Location: Motts Run Reservoir.
Saturday, February 10 , 7:00-9:00pm
$5/$5 (residents/non-residents)


Mammal Skull Identification
16 – Adult
We’ll learn keys to examining a variety of original, local mammal skulls, using clues like eye placement, tooth types, rostrum length, cranial ridges, and other characteristics. Then we’ll set about using our newfound detective skills to key out a variety of skulls from local, native wildlife. Come sink your teeth into this one. Held indoors. VA Master Nat. approved advanced training. Pre-registration required. Instructor: Linda Bailey. Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Tuesday, January 30 at 9:00am-11:00am
$15/$15 (residents/non-residents)


The Bare Essentials of Survival Workshop
16*– Adult
For hikers, campers, everyone who loves the outdoors. Discover the essentials of survival in a wilderness worst case scenario when you are wet, cold and lost. Led by survival expert, Dustin Chappell, practice hands-on skills you’ll want to know, including use of fire igniters and flame extenders. Dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch. *Exceptions may be made on age. Pre-registration required (all ages pay). Location: Motts Run Nature Center.
Saturday, March 24 at 9:00am-3:00pm
$60/$75 (residents/non-residents)


Trailkeepers
Interested in doing trail work on a section at Motts Run Reservoir?  We have over 4.5 miles of hiking trails that need your TLC!  Contact Linda Bailey, 540-372-1086 x213.




Registration for our nature programs
Registration can be done either online, via fax or by mail, or in person at the Dorothy Hart Community Center. We do recommend to register no later than 1 week prior to the program starting. 

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