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Spring Break Activities at Natural Tunnel State Park

Saturday, March 24

 9:00 a.m. – Early Bird Gets the Worm.  Start off the morning by hiking the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail at Natural Tunnel State Park. This guided hike will lead you into various habitats and we may even see some wildlife along the way. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, feel free to bring your camera or binoculars. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. FREE

11:00 a.m. – Pinecone Bird Feeders. Welcome our spring migrants back by making a bird feeder inspired by nature. Learn about a few of the common birds you may see around the park and even in your own backyard. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

1:00 p.m. – Tunnel Talk.  As you enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mouth of the tunnel, discover why this geologic phenomena is so unique. Meet at the platform area at the mouth of the tunnel. Access down to the Tunnel via the Tunnel Trail (.3 miles) at the Visitor Center.  FREE

Saturday, March 31

2:00 p.m. – Annual Egg Hunt.  Calling all kids! Come see what the Easter Bunny has left at Natural Tunnel State Park. There will be thousands of eggs to hunt filled with a variety of prizes. There are five age groups for the hunt (Toddler – 2; 3-4; 5-7; 8-10; and 11-15) Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the Egg Hunt begins. Do not forget an Easter Basket or bag to collect eggs with. A free lunch will follow the hunt at shelter #5. Sponsored by the Rye Cove Community Church, Rye Cove Community Church Women, and Three Bells United Methodist Church Women. For more information call the park office at (276) 940-2674. Meet at the Picnic Area. FREE

 April

Saturday, April 7

9:00 a.m. – Salamander Meander.  Find out what makes these amphibians so unique. Then join an interpreter as you go on an adventure to find salamanders! Meet at Stock Creek Interpretive Center. FREE

10:00 a.m. – Wildflower and Photography Hike. Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season! Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

1:00 p.m. Pollinator Workshop. This workshop is recommended for children ages 2-6. It will cover the basics of pollinators; what they are and what plants they like. You must register no later than the Wednesday prior to each workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at 276-940-2696 or email [email protected]. A minimum of five participants is required. This is a collaborative effort by Natural Tunnel State Park and the Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board. The cost is $3 per participant. Meet at the Cove Ridge Center.

Saturday, April 14

10:00 a.m. – Wildflower and Photography Hike  Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season! Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

April 21 (Earth Day weekend)

 10:00 a.m. – Salamander Meander.  Find out what makes these amphibians so unique. Then join an interpreter as you go on an adventure to find salamanders! Stock Creek Interpretive Center. Free

1:00 p.m. – Tunnel Talk.  As you enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mouth of the tunnel, discover why this geologic phenomena is so unique. Meet at the platform area at the mouth of the tunnel. Walk down on the Tunnel Trail (.3 miles) or enjoy a ride down on the chairlift ($4/person).

April 22

11:00 a.m. – Origami Seed Pots.  Discover a little about recycling and seeds and create your very own seed pots out of newspaper. Meet at the Camp Store. Free

2:00 p.m. – Wild about Wildflowers.  Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season. Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center. Free