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!


Adventures in September – Spiders at the Fall Naturalists Rally

Spiders at the Fall Naturalists Rally!

Coras_male-photo-Rich-BradleyA real live Acrachologists will be leading a Morning Spider Hike and a Night Spider Hike at the Fall Naturalist Rally, September 12, 2015. The Nightfter his presentation  “Elegance and Efficiency: Spiders of Southern Appalachia.”

These are just two of the 12 “Kid Friendly” hikes offered by the Friends of Roan Mountain.

Check out the full Kid’s Schedule here.




LINKS to More Adventures:

Fall Naturalists Rally – Sept 11-12-13 – brochure and registration

Kid’s Schedule for Saturday, Sept 12 – Fall Rally

Friends of Roan Mountain


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.