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WILD! 2013

Summer Fun for Families and Children

Enjoy summer fun in the great outdoors with The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen.

To register download a brochure and mail it in or register online.

Family Fun

Journey on the James
Date: Wednesday, July 3
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: $70 member pairs, $80 nonmember pairs

Have a wet and WILD adventure on Virginia's beautiful James River. Parent-child teams will learn basic canoeing skills by boating down this gentle stretch of water. Along the way, we'll break for a shoreline picnic and take a look at some of the plants and animals that call the river home. Bring a bagged lunch, plenty of water, a change of clothes, and a couple ziplock bags to keep your valuables dry.

Summer Jubilee
Date: Thursday, July 4
Time: 10am-noon
Cost: $10 per child, with adult partner

Join us for a WILD summer celebration with fun for the whole family. Conquer the orienteering scavenger hunt and win prizes at the end. Create a cool craft to take with you and add your artistic touch to the summer mural for display in the nature center. Play fun nature games and build your own yummy treats.

Night Hike
Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 8pm-10pm
Cost: $10 members, $15 nonmembers

Explore the world of the woods after dark with this non-scary walk for parents and children. Experience the creatures and features of the night as we hit the trail by the light of the moon.Bring a flashlight or share one of ours.

Inspector WILD!

4-6 years old
Time: 9am-11am
Cost: $15 members, $20 nonmembers (per event)

Flower Fun
Date: Saturday, July 13

How many flowers can we spot on an exciting flower-packed scavenger hunt? Get up-close and personal with wild flowers as we use real scientific tools to look closely at their plant parts.

Native Skills
Date: Saturday, July 27

Who walked these woods before it was Wintergreen? Try your hand at Native American skills and crafts to see if you have what it took to survive here before European settlers arrived.

What's Bugging You?
Date: Saturday, August 17

Don't know a butterfly from a dragonfly? Can't tell a beetle from a bumble bee? Well, join the fun of an insect hunt where our catch-and-release bug pals will help us understand more about who they are and how important they are to the woods around us.

WILD! Adventurers

7-12 years old
Time: 1 pm – 4 pm
Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers (per event)

Flower Power
Date: Saturday, July 13

Sure, they're pretty... but what good are flowers? Fun games along the trail show us the reasons for flowers, what they do in the woods around us, and how to behave when we encounter a wild flower in the woods.

Art of Archaeology
Date: Saturday, July 27

How do we know what we know about the Native Americans that lived, worked and played in the place we now call Wintergreen? See how Wintergreen's Archaeology Project works, what we've learned, and how you can help with hands-on science practice techniques and Native American-inspired art projects.

GPS Bug Off
Date: Saturday, August 17

Spend the afternoon as an entomologist, a scientist who studies insects. Hit the trail for plenty of bug-hunting and encounters with real-life bugs to see what they have to teach us. Along the way, we'll also do several fun activities to help us find out more about our six-legged friends.

Other Youth Programs

School Programs

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Girl Scout Programs

Click here for information on badge programs for Daisies, Brownies, and Junior Girl Scouts.


Contact the Nature Foundation by email or call 434-325-8169 to find out more on our education youth programs for school or other organized groups.

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