When you hear the word adventure, you probably think about guys that jump in their 4x4 vehicles and head for those roads less traveled, hoping to meet someone interesting enough to put on camera all the while filming the entire event. You may also think of those weekend warriors who are out hiking, biking and boating, just to name a few. Then there are those who are seeking family friendly adventure. This may be a good option for them!
Welcome to The Greening of the Parkway celebration:
Earth Day was held on Tuesday the 22nd of April this week, National Junior Ranger Day is on Saturday the 26th, and its National Park Week as well. In honor of all of this the Blue Ridge Parkway officials are welcoming the return of the warm weather with a family friendly celebration. There will be a range of activities, two red tailed hawks will be on display as well as a variety of baby animals that are native to the parkway.
“We’ll cover the common ones, when they’d be expected to emerge and how long they’d stay with their mothers. The rearing process could be longer or shorter, depending on the animal,” said Gail Fox, park ranger with the Blue Ridge Parkway."
So take the kids and get out of the house, there will be opportunities to learn about springtime flowers, go on a 1.3 mile hike, and there's even an Energy Carnival. You will have the opportunity to learn about sustainability and green building practices, there are challenges and games where "Energy Bucks" can be earned and later exchanged for green themed prizes. I don't know about you but I want to go!
If you happen to be in the Asheville area hit The Greening of the Parkway celebration. It is from 10am-2pm on Saturday the 26th at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384, Asheville. The cost is free, and I bet that it will be an adventure that everybody talks about for quite some time.
Referenced by The Citizen Times