May

To make reservations for any of the programs below, please call the Welcome Center at 368-5404.

Land Steward Project Days – 9:00 am
Saturday, May 3
Wednesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28
Help preserve the natural ecosystem within the Natural Areas park system.  Activities may include clipping invasive plants, weeding native gardens, mulching, or brush removal.  Closed-toe shoes required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Location varies.  Please contact our Volunteer Office for information.

Trail Team Project Day at the Forest – Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am
Trail volunteers perform vital services to maintain the safety of our wonderful trail system.  Activities vary but may include using hand tools to address erosion issues, clip overhanging limbs or encroaching shrubs, or trail structure repair.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the Welcome Center.

10th Annual Forest Fest – Bluegrass Music Festival
Saturday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.                                                                                   
Come out for a great day filled with Bluegrass Music, exquisite wood crafts and fun activities for the entire family.  
Event is FREE – Parking - $10.00

Trail Team Park Project Day at Waverly Park – Saturday, May 17, 9:00 am
Trail Team and KYMBA volunteers come together to improve and maintain the combined hiking and biking trails at Waverly.  Activities vary, but may include use of hand tools to cut overhanging limbs and encroaching shrubs, trail structure repair or addressing erosion issues.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.

Night Climbing
Saturday, May 24, 7:00 PM to 10:00PM
Challenge yourself on our 52 foot climbing tower…in the dark! Learn basic climbing and belaying techniques and gain self-esteem, confidence and problem-solving skills while tackling this “high-altitude” obstacle course at night! This program is for ages 10 and up. (A parent or legal guardian must accompany any participant under the age of 18.) Please wear tennis shoes and long pants or shorts (with inseam greater than 5 inches.) Bring your headlamp! Program will meet in the Horine Section of Jefferson Memorial Forest. All participants must pre-register and pre-pay before day of course through the Welcome Center (no registrations day of course.)
Pre-registration required.  Fee: $10/person

Free Guided Hike – Saturday, May 31, 9:00 am
Siltstone Trail: Scott’s Gap to Bearcamp Rd and back, 7.4 miles (strenuous)
Hike the western half of the Siltstone Trail with the Volunteer Naturalists.  Bring plenty of water and a lunch, as we’ll be stopping at Bearcamp Road to eat before heading back to the parking area.  Meet at Scott’s Gap parking lot.