Xtreme Roan Adventures – Preview of the Butterfly Adventure

Xtreme Roan Adventures – July 24 & 25

Here is a quick preview of the Butterfly Adventure with awesome Adventurer, Rachael.

This is just one of over TWENTY ADVENTURES for kids on July 24 & 25, 2015.

2015 – Xtreme Roan Adventures – Registration

2015 – Xtreme Roan Adventures – Schedule

Open to all kids and especially 3 to 18 years old. Parents must accompany the children.

Join us at Roan Mountain State Park for great outdoor exploration!

You still have time to get your kids in on the fun. YES! You can register at the Roan Mountain State Park on Saturday morning before 9:00 a.m.

To speed up the process, here is a link to the instructions on getting the registration forms:
How to print XRA Registration Forms
Just print the forms out at home, and bring them with you on Saturday morning.


Xtreme Roan Adventures – Registration is still Open

Xtreme Roan Adventures – Registration
is still Open

But the deadline to get the FREE lunch from Food City is July 21.
If you miss that deadline, pack a picnic and register Saturday morning, July 25, at Roan Mountain State Park amphitheater.

Here is a quick preview of the Wet Rocks Geology Adventure with Adventure Leader Jeremy Stout.

Click here for Registration

Click here for the 2015 Schedule

Xtreme Roan Adventures – schedule

Xtreme Roan Adventures Schedule for 2015.

Hello Adventurers ! Girl with creek critter

The Xtreme Roan Adventures schedule for 2015 is up.

And the Registration Forms are ready for you to download. Just print and mail in A.S.A.P.

This year looks to be the biggest year yet. More Adventures, New Adventures and your Favorite Adventures!

2015 – XRA – Schedule

2015 – XRA – Registration

group campsite

Group camping 

the Group Camping sites # 3 and # 4 are reserved for Adventurers for both Friday and Saturday night.

Space is limited.

Email me with your reservations:

‘see you on the mountain.

Ken, Larry, and Heather.

Kid’s Schedule for the Spring Naturalists’ Rally

Spring Naturalists’ Rally – April 24-25-26

Kid's learning about nature

The Friends of Roan Mountain will host the 
Spring Naturalists’ Rally April 24-25-26, 2015.  

This is the “Best Value in Outdoor Education for the Whole Family“.

As a part of the activities are fourteen Kid Friendly activities.

Click here for the full schedule and registration:

Click here for the Saturday Kid’s Schedule

 CAMPER’S SPECIAL:  If you are camping for the weekend, the Group 4 site is reserved for you! Call the R.M.S.P. office (423) 727-0191.  First come, first served. Space is limited.

Friends of Roan Mountain Spring Naturalists Rally - 25 April -2015 - Kid's Schedule


Spring Rally brochure and registration.

Kid’s Schedule for Saturday, April 25.

Friends of Roan Mountain.org

Roan Mountain State Park campground reservation 



5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Young Naturalists

5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Young Naturalists

Christmas gift ideas for young naturalistsChristmas gift ideas for young naturalists.  When you are stuck for a Christmas gift idea, ask an expert.

That is exactly what I did. I asked a young naturalists, Cade, for his top five Christmas gift ideas.

 Listen to Cade’s suggestions at Roan Mountain Radio.com episode #047

Here are links to some places where you can buy the suggested gifts: 

 * More information from Cade: The term “specimen jar” could apply to many different sizes of small glass or plastic containers with tight fitting lids. These can be locally sourced from dime-stores or hobby-stores.

More Adventure at the Friends of Roan Mountain – Fall Naturalists’ Rally

There are more Adventures for you at the 52nd annual Friends of Roan Mountain Fall Naturalists’ Rally – September 5-6-7, 2014.

wet-n-wild creek adventueThe Friends of Roan Mountain have three Naturalists’ Rallies each year. The Spring Rally in April, The Winter Rally in February, and the Fall Rally in September.

The spring and fall rallies feature a Friday evening meal and after dinner speaker. Saturday is a full day of hikes, walks, strolls, and other nature study activities. Some are easy, some moderate, some strenuous and some are “kid friendly”.

Here is the link to the website: Friends of Roan Mountain .org.

Here is the link to the full schedule and registration.

 Most of the “kid friendly” hikes are on Saturday, Sept 6. Here is an easy to follow kid’s schedule:

 kids-version-fall-rally-schedule-2014 kids version of the Fall Naturalists Schedule

 Of course, when you have question about the kid’s version or the full schedule ask me in an email: Ken@XtremeRoanAdventures.org

or try the ‘Speak Pipe’ button  to leave me a voice mail. Click on the  “Ask your question here” button above.


‘see you on the mountain.






Awesome Adventures

Hello Adventurers!

Great Adventure!

The Xtreme Roan Adventures was Awesome.

The Free Friday Night Adventures attracted 126 Adventurers.  Jeremy Stout, Director of the Nature Center at Steele Creek Park, wowed the crowd with his Skins & Skulls Adventure.

Seasonal Interpretive Ranger, Joe Nowotarski, proved that he is the Swiss Army knife of park rangers. There were about sixty Adventurers on his Nature at Night Hike. He handled it in a very professional manner.  (Planning is already underway to be better prepared for this kind of success next year.) 

We will be posting more pictures from this year’s Adventures on the Xtreme Roan Adventures website: Xtreme Roan Adventures.org If you have pictures that you would like to share send them to: Ken@XtremeRoanAdventures.org 


Great Day of Adventure! 

So many Adventures!
                So many Adventurers! 

The Saturday Adventures started at 9:00 a.m. and some of the Adventurers didn’t get off of the mountain util 6:00 p.m. That was a full day of Adventure!

Here, Rachael Lowman, a Friend of Roan Mountain member, is showing one of her bug exhibits to the Adventurers. She was the co-leader with Larry McDaniel of the Creepy Crawlies Adventure.

Rachael has also raised Monarch butterflies from eggs and has presented Monarch Programs at the Roan Mountain State Park.

(Photo submitted by Dane, Thomas, & Bryn’s friend, David Buckles,)



The Xtreme Roan Adventures could never happen without the great volunteers. They give of their time, their energy, and travel at their own expense.  Be sure to thank them for supporting the Xtreme Roan Adventures when you visit their parks and sites.

Baa-tany Goat Project
Bays Mountain Park
Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute
Friends of Roan Mountain
Girl Scout Troop 263 – Kingsport TN
Gray Fossil Site
Johnson City Parks and Recreation Dept
Roan Mountain State Park
Steele Creek Park Nature Center
U. S. Forest Service



Xtreme Roan Adventures .org

Roan Mountain State Park – Program Calendar – July 30 – Aug 3.

Friends of Roan Mountain

Fall Naturalists Rally – Sept 5-6-7 – brochure

Only 3 Days Away from Adventure!

Only 3 Days Away form Adventure at the Xtreme Roan Adventures.

The Free Friday Night Adventure is  July 25, 2014 at the Roan Mountain State Park Amphitheater. The Adventures start at 8:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight.

There is still time to register on Saturday morning for the full day of Adventure.

Check out the schedule of Adventures here.

Click on some of the Adventure previews from the Adventure Leaders.

On very cool addition this year is the Wildlife Helper Adventure. Denise Shadduck is one of the animal rehabilitation specialists that rescues orphaned and hurt animals. She nurses them back to health and returns them back into nature. Listen to Denise here.