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All hikes leave from the Trillium House unless otherwise noted. All hikes are subject to change due to weather conditions and hikes with low registration are subject to cancellation at the discretion of the Nature Foundation. We strongly recommend you bring water on all hikes, especially during the spring and summer and always wear hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support. Hike at your own risk. Please note that the difficulty of each outing is listed at the end of the description.

Note: The calendar is generally updated within 2 weeks of the next quarter, so check back near the end of March, June, September, and December to see the following 3 months of events.

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APRIL


April 5
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

April 11
7pm Beneath the Grid -- Meet the Author
oin local author and Nature Foundation member, Bruce Bertelsen, for an intriguing discussion on his latest work, Beneath the Grid. In this fictitious environmental thriller, a government attorney works to stop the introduction of a dangerous chemical product touted as the solution to global warming. Don’t miss this exciting evening! $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

April 12
10am Findley's Gap Park
Join the Nature Foundation’s Executive Director, Doug Coleman, for a hike at Findley’s Gap Park. Along the route where Thomas Jefferson fled from Tarleton, Nelson County has been gifted with a 400-acre tract of land. Still undeveloped, this tract of land hosts a unique piedmont forest and several interesting woodlands. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant. $6/Member, $8/Non-Member.

April 12
7pm Against the Odds: Task Force Drysdale and the Bloody George Company
Join TNFW as we welcome decorated Korean War veteran, Bob Harbula, who will discuss his involvement with George Company (Third Battalion, First Marines) in Task Force Drysdale in the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. Featured in both the Against the Odds multi-episode series and in Patrick O’Donnell’s latest book, Give Me Tomorrow, Harbula will discuss George Company’s dual mission – to lead a convoy of 141 vehicles up 11 miles of snow and ice covered road, through 12 roadblocks and thousands of Chinese to reinforce the besieged and surrounded town of Hagaru-ri and to attack and hold East Hill. $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

April 16
12 noon Grab and Go: A Lunchtime Lecture Series – The Flowers of the Netherlands
Bring your lunch and learn! This month, we welcome TNFW member, Sue Carlson, as she shares about her recent trip to the Netherlands. In 2012, Sue visited the Netherlands touring the flower fields, an international flower market, and of course – the Keukenhof, regarded as the most beautiful spring garden in the world! $3/Member, $5/Non-Member.

April 19
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

April 26
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

April 26
10am-3pm A Day Just for You, Earth!
Stop by the Nature Foundation and celebrate Earth Day by creating your very own mini-greenhouse out of recyclable materials. Plant and grow a beautiful flower or even your favorite vegetable! These transparent mini-greenhouses will fascinate participants of any age! $4/Member, $7/Non-Member.

April 30
9am-5pm Tame the Tye
Join TNFW as we explore the beauty of the Tye River! This trip will take the adventurous traveler through features that make the Tye River one of the state’s most scenic rivers. We flow through a series of fun little rapids (class 1) as we pass picturesque views of the Blue Ridge. Don’t miss your opportunity to canoe down one of Nelson County’s treasured waterways. This trip requires experience in river canoeing. Bring plenty of food and water. $50/Member, $60/Non-Member.

MAY


May 3
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

May 7
10am “Put the boys in…”: The Battle of New Market – Civil War History Trip
Spend the day at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park with local historian, Len DiIoia. Enjoy the museum and explore the historic farm, scenic Shenandoah River overlooks, picnic spots, and walking trails. The 300-acre New Market Battlefield State Historical Park commemorates a unique moment in American History – when cadets from Virginia Military Institute engaged in battle and helped win a victory for the Confederate Army. Please register by Saturday, May 3rd. $15/Member, $30/Non-Member.

May 10
10am Mom and Me: Mother’s Day Wildflower Hike
Join a Foundation Naturalist on this Mother’s Day wildflower hike and experience the short-lived, but bountiful beauty of our spring wildflowers! After the hike, learn to press wildflowers and create a Mother’s Day card that is as special and beautiful as your own mother. Note: Mr. Moms (i.e., dads) are welcome too! All ages. The hike is rated easy. Bring water and dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Youth and Adults – $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

May 16
all day Spring Wildflower Symposium: Exploring Nature in a Sea of Wilderness
In the early spring, before the trees are full, the hillsides are warmed by the sun and the wildflowers are in full bloom. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the natives. Experience this special time at Wintergreen by attending the Spring Wildflower Symposium. Instructors for the weekend include well-known botanists, authors, and artists, each prepared with a full weekend of activities and lectures that will reconnect you with nature. Contact TNFW or visit www.twnf.org for a detailed schedule of activities.

May 21
12 noon Grab and Go: A Lunchtime Lecture Series – A Beginner’s Guide to Trail Running
Bring your lunch and learn! This month, learn what it takes to be a trail runner from TNFW member, Bob Clouston. Bob will discuss the differences between trail running and road running or hiking, specifically in terms of training and racing and the type of gear for optimized performance. Join Bob as he shares pictures of past races, interesting stories from the trail, and general insight into the mind of a trail runner! The program is geared toward the non-runner and designed to provide a basic introduction to the sport! If you’ve ever had an interest to hit the trail, or just want to find out what trail runners do and why, you won’t want to miss this program! $3/Member, $5/Non-Member.

May 24
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

May 31
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

May 31
10am Picture-Me-There Trail Challenge
A combination trail race, scavenger hunt, and photo contest, the Picture-Me-There Trail Challenge tests your endurance, knowledge of nature, and problem solving skills. At each checkpoint, to prove you’ve reached it, you’ll photograph your team; so be sure to bring a digital camera or smart-phone. Teams of 2-4 required. Register in advance by Friday, May 30th. Three divisions – (1) Family – Adult Guardians + Youth 12 and under, (2) Teen and Twenty-Somethings, (3) Adult. Prizes awarded to the top two teams in each division. Race shirts available by pre-order only – $15 each – order by April 25th. The trail challenge is rated moderate. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. $40/Team.

JUNE


June 7
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

June 7
2pm Conquer the Course
Think you’re up for it?! Test your brainpower and teamwork skills as you work together with other kids just like yourself to complete TNFW’s first-ever challenge course! You’ll love these group games and problem solving activities. Ages 6+. Minimum of six participants needed for the event. Dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Bring plenty of water. $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

June 11
10am-2pm A Piece of Wintergreen’s Past: The Copper Mines
Join TNFW as we climb into Wintergreen’s past with a trip to the copper mines. This unique spot on the very steep east slope of Crawford’s Knob was an active mine in the late 1890’s before being quickly abandoned. Not only are the mines unique, but its location is also fascinating, located in a lovely depression along a creek bed acting as home to a variety of wildlife including deer, turkey, and, of course, bats. This is a trip every Wintergreen resident must put on their “bucket list.” Difficult. Bring lunch and plenty of water. $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

June 14
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

June 18
12 noon Grab and Go: A Lunchtime Lecture Series – Rock Talk: An Introduction to Top-Roping
Interested in rappelling or rock climbing? Join TNFW’s Emily Pudliner for an introduction to top-rope climbing. Check out the gear, learn to tie a few basic knots, and try your hand at a slacklining – an activity used by climbers to practice and increase balance. Note: This is not a rock climbing training course, but rather a basic introduction to the sport. $3/Member, $5/Non-Member.

June 21
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

June 21
2pm Father’s Day Survival Hike
Explore Wintergreen and learn the skills needed to survive in the wild! Learn basic knots, how to build a fire, how to find and build a shelter, and how to collect water. Moms are welcome too! All ages. The hike is rated easy. Bring water and dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Youth and Adults – $5/Member, $8/Non-Member.

June 28
10-noon Mornings in the Mountains
Topic to be announced. Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment. FREE/Member, $6/Non-Member.

June 28
10-noon Journaling Journey
Join TNFW as we welcome award-winning children’s author, Kelly Johnson, author of Wings, Worms, and Wonder. Join Kelly for this one-of-a-kind children’s workshop on nature journaling! Create your own nature journal then head outside and explore, observe, and draw in your newly crafted nature journals. Ages 5 to 12. Bring water and dress appropriately for outdoor activity. Youth – $10/Member, $15/Non-Member. Adult Guardian – FREE.


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