JANUARY- MARCH CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2017
SATURDAY HIKES – LIVING WITH NATURE AT WINTERGREEN
This winter’s Saturday afternoon guided hikes are scheduled once a month. Our hikes are designed to help people better understand the nature of Wintergreen and the surrounding wilderness. Topics range from tree and wildflower identification to geology and wildlife. These special programs are free for Foundation Members, free for kids with Family Memberships, and available to non-members for a fee. Dogs are welcome at The Trillium House, on the grounds and trails. However, we respectfully ask to refrain from bringing your dog on our guided hikes. Unless otherwise noted all Saturday hikes meet at 1pm at the Nature Foundation’s Trillium House. Check our website or updates and as always, sign up early. These hikes are rated moderate.
Owl Prowl- January 13, 6:30pm
Winter is a great time to prowl for owls! Join TNFW staff member, Kathie Driscoll as we explore the world of our nocturnal neighbors. At this family program, we’ll discover Virginia’s own species and a few passers- by; their habits and habitats. Then we’ll bundle up and head out to call an owl friend or two. FREE with Family Membership, $6/Non-Member.
Living with Nature at Wintergreen- January 14, 1pm
Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. Explore Wintergreen’s natural environment during the exhilarating month of January! These hikes are rated moderate. FREE/Member, $8/Non-Member.
Winter Lecture Series: Understanding Karst Landscapes- January 20, 7pm
This year’s Nature Foundation Winter Lecture Series will be going down unda’! Guest speaker Dr. Craig Ashbrook, retired hydrogeologist and educator will share with us the magnificent formations of Virginia’s karst landscapes, which include caves and caverns. Dr. Ashbrook will enlighten his audience the function of karst hydrology and ground water flow. Don’t miss out on this very informative and engaging event! Refreshments provided. $10/member, $15/Non-Member.
Hidden Views and Vistas of Wintergreen- January 25, 10am- 2pm
Join TNFW staff member, Josh Palumbo on an exploration of seldom seen panoramas at Wintergreen. This bushwhack will go to hidden rock outcrops, waterfall views and other hidden gems of the Wintergreen wilderness. The journey will involve multiple bushwhacks into different locales, so be prepared for difficult terrain and uneven footing. The hike is rated as difficult. Be sure to dress appropriately for weather conditions. Bring plenty of food and water. $8.00 Member/ $10 Non-Member. Payment is due at time of registration.
Living with Nature at Wintergreen- February 11, 1pm
Join a Foundation Naturalist for an interpretive hike. This month’s adventure in the woods will surely bring love birds together! These hikes are rated moderate. FREE/Member, $8/Non-Member.
Four Seasons in the Rockies Dinner and Presentation – February 17, 6pm
Join the Nature Foundation Director, Doug Coleman for a pot luck dinner and presentation of the beautiful Rocky Mountains during all four seasons. Bring your favorite comfort food to share and beverage of choice for an evening of warmth and wonderment. You may even be treated to Chef’s special Rocky Mountain stew! Register by February 14. $8.00 Member/ $10 Non-Member.
Winter Lecture Series: What Lies Beneath: Biodiversity of Appalachian Karst- February 24, 7pm
Join us for our second of the winter lecture series with Virginia’s Division of Natural Heritage’s Karst Protection Coordinator, Wil Orndorff, for a riveting presentation, What Lies Beneath: Biodiversity of Appalachian Karst. Refreshments provided. $10/Member, $15/Non-Member.
Journey to High Places Hike- February 23, 10am
Our power hike series is back! This time the destination is off the Blue Ridge and to Fortune’s Cove in Lovingston. This 5.3 circuit hike is will take us through The Nature Conservancy’s 29,000 acres preserve with ".... relatively intact forest habitat and hosts rare plant communities on a series of rocky glades." Winter is a great time to take in the 6 vistas around this mountain. It is rated difficult so bring water and lunch. Wear hiking shoes/boots. $6 Member/ $10 Non-member. Payment is due at time of registration.
See Sap Run- March 4, 1-3pm
Take a winter hike to visit Wintergreen’s sugarbushes. See first-hand the old-fashioned and new-fangled ways of collecting maple sap. Dress for hiking and the outdoors. $3/Member, $6/Non-Member. Payment is due at time of registration.
Pancake Breakfast- March 11, 9-11am
Enjoy real maple syrup over fresh pancakes and support the Nature Foundation’s research and educational programs at the same time. See the maple boil into syrup and take in a slideshow about the history and process of maple sugaring. $10 Donation, $5 Donation for kids 8 and under. Payment is due at time of registration.
Sugarbush Sojourn- March 11, 1-3pm
Take a winter hike to visit Wintergreen’s sugarbushes. See first-hand the old-fashioned and new-fangled ways of collecting maple sap. Dress for hiking and the outdoors. $3/Member, $6/Non-Member.
TNFW Volunteer Social- March 24, 4-6pm
Nature Foundation’s volunteers and volunteer want-to-be’s are invited to this “meet and greet” wine and cheese affair at the Trillium House. Join staff and current volunteers and learn about great volunteer opportunities that are happening at the foundation! Must register by March 17.
Journey to High Places Hike- March 30, 10am
We will this 6 mile moderate- difficult hike on the AT north from Swinging Bridge on Rt. 56 up through the Three Ridges Wilderness to the Harpers Creek Shelter where we shall lunch among the newly sprouting spring wildflowers. Bring lunch and water. Wear hiking shoes/boots. $6 Member/ $10 Non-member. Payment is due at time of registration.