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.
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.
|9:00 – 9:45||Morning Bird Walk – Reservation required (limit of 15 scouts) - Join us for a morning stroll to look and listen for birds in the Woods Walk. Please call the Naturalist Office for reservations at (828) 733-4326.|
|9:00 – 1:00||Check-in Table at the Nature Museum - Stop by our check-in table at the Nature Museum to register your troop and work on a bird identification challenge. Your troop’s submission will be entered for a prize drawing at the end of the day!|
|10:00 – 10:45||Bird Nests and Wings (Beside Butterfly Garden) - Scouts will learn why birds migrate and learn about several birds found on Grandfather Mountain. Each participant will have the opportunity to build a nest using materials from nature and in the process learn how birds construct nests.|
|10:30 – 12:00||High Elevation Hike – Reservation required (limit of 15 scouts) – Join park staff for an interpretive hike starting 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 appropriate footwear. We’ll discuss birds, plants and rocks found along the trail. Please call the Naturalist Office for reservations at (828) 733-4326.|
|11:00 – 12:00||Live Bird Talk - (Nature Museum Auditorium) - Meet the interpretive birds from the Lees-McRae College Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute!|
|12:00 – 12:45||Lunch Break|
|1:00 – 2:00||Beginner Birder (Let it Rain Picnic Shelter) - 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.|
|2:15 – 2:45||Owl Encounter (Beside Butterfly Garden) – Meet our educational owls and learn the secrets to being nocturnal!|
|3:30 – 4:15||Hawk Watch – Meet at Linville Peak across the Mile High Swinging Bridge to watch for raptors and possibly catch a glimpse of these migrating birds of prey during their journey south.|
|4:30||Closing Ceremony (on walkway before Swinging Bridge) – Join your fellow scouts for a short closing ceremony!|