44th Annual Girl Scout Day

All Girl Scouts and troop leaders are admitted free with proof of membership. Discount admission for other family members. Staff naturalists provide free nature programs throughout the day.  800-468-7325.

Mildred with Girl Scout

Grandfather Mountain adopted the Girl Scouts in 1971, inviting the girls to visit the mountain each September to learn more about nature and the Blue Ridge mountains. The Scouts returned the gesture by adopting Grandfather’s late mascot, Mildred the Bear, as an honorary Girl Scout and presenting her with a series of pins to mark her many years with the organization.

2013 Schedule  (2014 Schedule TBA)

9:30-10:30 The Mile High Swinging Bridge: Fun Facts and Historical Tales-Since its construction in 1952 Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has had quite the history.  Did you know that the park used to allow Hang gliding or that Johnny Cash crossed the bridge? Scouts will learn about the peaks around Grandfather Mountain and more exciting tales that make the area unique. Meet at the base of the stone steps to the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
10-12 High Elevation Hike – Reservation required (limit of 15 scouts) An interpretive loop hike beginning and ending at Black Rock trailhead. This hike is only for Girl Scouts 10 years old and above.  The hike is strenuous and scouts will need to bring water, snacks and have appropriate footwear. Please call Naturalist Department for reservations (828) 733-4326.
11-12 Tree ID at Woods Walk - Scouts will be guided through the Woods Walk and learn fundamentals of tree identification.  We will discuss basic taxonomy principles and then scouts will participate in a hands-on Mystery Tree Challenge!  Recommended for scouts in 4th grade and above.
11-12 Clouds and Weather – Meet in front of the Fudge Shop
1-2:30 Beginner Birder - Roger Tory Peterson—the great illustrator and birdwatcher—once said that “birding was just a game.”  And who doesn’t like to play games?  Join us for an in-depth and fun way to learn how to identify birds.  We’ll break down the elements of bird identification with interactive activities and practical tips.  Meet at the Let it Rain Picnic Shelter at 1:00!
2-3 Habitat Stations - Habitat staff will be on hand in the “Mildred the Bear” habitats to answer any questions scouts have about our animals.
2-3 Nature Journaling – Reservations required (limit of 40 scouts) - Observation and documentation are two of the most important skills to be a good naturalist.  For this program we will make nature journals for scouts to take home and discuss tools to become better observers of our environment just as famous naturalists like Charles Darwin, John Muir, and Aldo Leopold did centuries ago. for reservations (828) 733-4326.
3:30 Hawk Watch – Meet at Linville Peak across the Swinging Bridge to participate in a program about raptors and possibly catch a glimpse of these migrating birds of prey.
3:30 Monarch Butterfly Program – Meet in front of the Butterfly Garden to learn about the natural history, migration and life cycle of this special butterfly.

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Location : Grandfather Mountain | Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646 |
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  • I have been going to Grandfather for 39 years now. My Grandfather used to hike on Grandfather before it was an attraction for visitors. He would pick berries to sell so he could buy shoes for himself. We loved the old swinging bridge, but love the new one too. Now that I have my own child, I share the same tradition with him that our family has always participated in...keep up the good work!! Love the experience of Grandfather!

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