Spring Naturalists’ Rally – APRIL 28-29-30, 2017

Spring Naturalists’ Rally – APRIL 28-29-30, 2017

Here is the Kid’s Friendly Schedule for Saturday, April 28, 2017.

<< CLICK HERE >> to download Kids Schedule for the Saturday of the Spring Naturalists’ Rally

Adventure-All-Year: Fall Rally Kid’s Schedule for Saturday, Sept 10

Come join us at the Friends of Roan Mountain 54th Annual Fall Naturalists Rally on the weekend of September 9 -11. The kid’s are welcome too. There are fifteen “kid friendly” activities all weekend.

Adventure-All-Year: Fall Rally Kid’s Schedule for Saturday, Sept 10

Click here for the one page Kid’ Schedule for Saturday, Sept. 10

Nature-Hike-Fall-Rally-2015After you experience one of these Rally weekends, you will know why they are known as the “Best Value in Outdoor Education for the Whole Family.”

Kid’s will enjoy the variety of nature activities. And the parents will appreciate learning more about the natural world of Roan Mountain too.


NEW ! ! Underwater Adventure at Xtreme Roan Adventures – July 30, 2016

Underwater Adventure!

Underwater-AdventureHave you ever wondered what lives in the Doe River?

Get a personal introduction at the Xtreme Roan Adventures Underwater Adventure – Saturday – July 30, 2016.

The U.S. Forest Service will train Adventurers in underwater observation. Then they will suit up and get in the river for scientific observation and aquatic study.

** This Adventure is limited in attendance and age. **U.S. Forest Service Snorkeling Program

We are limited to twelve wet-suits and to  Adventurers who are 12 years old or older.

If you are interested, it is important to get your XRA registration in A.S.A.P.

There is a separate U.S.F.S registration packet that also must be completed.


Download Xtreme Roan Adventures Schedule

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Friends of Roan Mountain

Mountain Bees and Sky Islands with Eric Rayfield – July 30

Mountain Bees and Sky Islands
with Eric Rayfield – July 30

Eric-Rayfield-SAHC-Roan-Mountain-Naturalists-2016 Would you like to live on a ‘sky island’? Some high elevation bees do. What are high elevation bees? Find out how they differ from the other 5,000 kinds of bees in the world at the Xtreme Roan Adventures -n July 30, 2016 at Roan Mountain State Park.

Eric is the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Roan Naturalist for 2016. His graduate thesis is on High Elevation Bees. (But he can still talk with kids.)




Xtreme Roan Adventures SCHEDULE

Xtreme Roan Adventures REGISTRATION


Hands-on Experience at the Xtreme Roan Adventures

Young Adventurers get to experience nature and learn by getting “hands-on”.

Free Friday Evening Adventures, July 29, 8:30 p.m. at the Roan Mountain State Park amphitheater.

Saturday, July 30, Adventures begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue at your pace until mid afternoon.

Adults will need to accompany children.

Young Adventurers get Hands-On experience at the Xtreme Roan Adventures Registration is now open.

Exciting Schedule:

(If you can not download the registration or schedule, contact me. ~ Ken)

The Xtreme Roan Adventures is a “get kids outdoors” event from the Friends of Roan Mountain.

Children ages 3 to 15 will enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.

Adventure All Year – Wildlife Weekend at Steele Creek Park Nature Center

Wildlife Weekend
at Steele Creek Park Nature Center

Your Adventure for October. 



Our good friends at Steele Creek Park Nature Center are having their 18th Annual Wildlife Weekend at Steele Creek Park Nature Center on October 9 and 10, 2015.

This is outdoor education for the whole family on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Lots of “Adventures” to choose from.

Friday, October 9

6:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception

7:00 p,m, – Photography Show featuring local amateur photographers with awards and reception sponsored by Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center & Park

7:00 pm – “Capturing Nature with Your Camera” with Chris Duncan

Saturday, October 10 – Hikes and Walks

8:30 am – Early Bird Walk with Bristol Bird Club

9:00 am – Bird Banding with Richard Lewis and Rack Cross

10:00 am – Animal Tracking with Marty Silver

11:30 am – Mushroom Foray with Gabriel Zeiger

12:45 pm – Snake Talk & Walk with Connie Deegan

2:30 pm – Geology Hike with Jeremy Stout

Saturday’s Ongoing Exhibits & Activities (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

● Fossils with J.R. Arnold
● Bugs with Eric Smith
● Skins & Skulls
● Steele Creek Herbarium
● Birds of Prey with Bays Mountain
● Bristol Bird Club Hands on Regional Museum
● Nature Crafts with Friends of Steele Creek Nature Center & Park

For more information Call (423-989-5616) or visit the Nature Center for more details.
Check-in for all activities is at the Steele Creek Park Lodge.
Bring your own lunch and enjoy the beauty of Steele Creek Park.


A Minute with Critter Cade – video

A Minute with Critter Cade – video

Critter Cade and the Hemlock Shelf Mushroom

Young Naturalist Shares a Minute on the Trail

There were several complimentary comments about the Friends of Roan Mountain Fall Newsletter. Many of those comments were about the article on the ‘Amanitas of Roan Mountain”  by Cade Campbell.

For those who do not yet know Cade, this video will help introduce him to you. Spend a minute with Critter Cade and the Hemlock Varnish Shelf Mushroom.

And check out the Full Day of Adventures on Saturday Sept 12, 2015 at the Fall naturalists Rally at Roan Mountain State Park.

Download the Kid’s Schedule here.







Here is the link to the Adventure All Year calendar.

Adventurer’s Article Published: Amanitas on Roan Mountain

Adventurer’s Article Published: Amanitas on Roan Mountain

Xtreme Roan Adventurer - Cade CampbellXtreme Roan Adventurer Cade Campbell is an avid naturalists. Recently he has begun writing about his explorations and discoveries.

Cade’s article, Amanitas on Roan Mountain, has just been published in the Friends of Roan Mountain 2015 Fall Newsletter. Download it and go to page 6,  Check it out.

There is a lot more to come from this young and talented naturalist. Keep your eye on him.

Be sure you get your Friends of Roan Mountain 2015 Fall Newsletter.   It is easy to email a copy of the Newsletter to your outdoor friends.

This is an extremely well done newsletter. Eight pages of information about our favorite mountain. “Great job Nancy”. 

Awesome selection of hikes and activities coming to Roan Mountain State Park at the Fall Naturalists’ Rally – Sept 11-12-13, 2015.    Download the complete Kid’s Schedule for Saturday from the Adventures All Year Calendar.

half-image-KidsSchedule_optFall Rally Kid’s Schedule   –  Saturday: Sept 12



8:30 a.m. # 5 – Nature Hike for Kids – Leader – Ranger Meg Guy
                # 9 – Spiders – Leader – Dr. “TJ” Jones – ETSU
10:00 a.m.# 10 – Butterflies & Other Insects – Leader – Don Holt

12:00 p.m. – Fossil Casting for All Ages – Lunchtime Workshop at Conference Center Leader –                                       Mick Whitelaw, E.T.S.U. Dept. of Geo-Sciences
                  – Flint Knapping Demonstration – Bob Estep
                  – Nature Images – Lunchtime photo presentation – Ranger Marty Silver

2:00 p.m. # 1 – Stream Ecology – Leaders – Gary Barrigar and Bart Carter, TWRA
                # 2 – Salamanders – Leader – Marquette Crockett, Southern Appalachian Highlands                                      Conservancy
                # 6 – Nature Hike for Kids – Leader – Ranger Marty Silver, Warriors’ Path State Park
                # 7 – Butterflies and Other Insects – Leaders Cade Campbell and Larry McDaniel

9:00 p.m. – Spiders at Night Hike – Leader Dr. “TJ” Jones – E.T.S.U.
                – Moth Party – Leader – Larry McDaniel

Group-camping-for-the-xtreme-roan-adventures-at-roan-mountain-state-parkOne Group Camping Site is reserved for the Fall Rally


Let me know A.S.A.P. if you would like to camp in the Group Site.

‘see you on the mountain!