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  1. Intro to River Kayaking: James River (ages 12+)

    July 13, 2019, 9:00 AM - August 13, 2019, 3:00 PM @ Depart from Green Ridge

    Enjoy 5 miles of guided river kayaking and qualified paddling instruction on the scenic James River! This beginner friendly half-day trip will take paddlers from Arcadia to Alpine alongside the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest. All necessary equipment including sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, and PFDs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch, sunscreen, and water. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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  2. Mountain Biking 101 (ages 13+)

    July 16, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Explore Park

    Leave the asphalt behind and let us get you in gear for the trails. Learn the basics of mountain biking with an International Mountain Bike Association certified instructor. They will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to get out there on your own. Our guides also provide plenty of information on the best local trails and rides suited for your ability, which is helpful for anyone new to the sport. No experience necessary. Mountain bikes, helmets, and all instruction provided. Course will meet at the baseball field parking lot in Green Hill Park.

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  3. Saturday Night Campfire & Craft

    July 20, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Whether you're camping at Explore Park, or just want to get away from it all, we invite you to warm up by the fire every Saturday evening throughout the summer. Bring a song or story to share and relax in the beauty of nature. Drop by for any part of this event and join the fun.

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  4. Outdoor Vendor Workshops at Explore Park

    July 21, 2019, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Explore Park

    Ask the experts! Every Sunday afternoon we're bringing in pros from local outdoor gear shops, training facilities, recreation clubs and more to educate you for the next adventure. Topics vary weekly but may include such informative subjects as ultra-light backpacking, river trip planning, fishing equipment demos, gear selection tips and much more. A complete list of topics will be available at the Visitor Center and on social media.

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  5. Roll, Roll, Roll Your Boat! (ages 12+)

    July 24, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hollins University Pool

    Level up your kayaking skills this summer! Learn to roll your boat in the comfort and safety of the pool, with enthusiastic coaching from an ACA certified instructor. Participants are required to bring a kayak (with fitting spray skirt), paddle, and PFD. Equipment can be provided on a limited basis for an additional fee. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

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  6. Hang 10 Friday: Fortnite Dance Night

    July 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Green Ridge Recreation Center

    Try out your favorite dance moves, as seen in your favorite online game. Every Friday, we’re open extended hours so you can swim ‘till dark! Splash Valley is open until 10pm every Friday night from June 14 through August 2 with special evening activities and music. Arrive after 4pm for reduced admission take advantage of exclusive concessions deals like full pizzas for $10.

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  7. Life in a Log

    July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Trees that look like they are no longer growing are still a very important asset to the forest. Find out what lives and grows in, on and under seemingly dead trees. We’ll look closely at standing trees called snags and carefully roll and examine life in and under downed trees. You’ll be able to study our finds with magnifiers and observe animals’ adapted bodies and plant structure as well as learn about their life cycles. Find out what makes these fascinating animals and plants so important to the forest. Please wear closed-toe shoes. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration required.

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  8. Touch-A-Truck

    July 27, 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Green Hill Park

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  9. Saturday Night Campfire & Craft

    July 27, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Explore Park

    Whether you're camping at Explore Park, or just want to get away from it all, we invite you to warm up by the fire every Saturday evening throughout the summer. Bring a song or story to share and relax in the beauty of nature. Drop by for any part of this event and join the fun.

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  10. Outdoor Vendor Workshops at Explore Park

    July 28, 2019, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Explore Park

    Ask the experts! Every Sunday afternoon we're bringing in pros from local outdoor gear shops, training facilities, recreation clubs and more to educate you for the next adventure. Topics vary weekly but may include such informative subjects as ultra-light backpacking, river trip planning, fishing equipment demos, gear selection tips and much more. A complete list of topics will be available at the Visitor Center and on social media.

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  11. Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (ages 13+)

    July 31, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Carvin's Cove

    SUP is quickly becoming a favorite river activity for anyone who wants a fun and new way to play on the water. Start the experience with an on-land lesson taught by a certified paddleboard instructor followed by time in the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Top off the practice sessions with a trip on the river to get a true SUP experience. Must be able to swim. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included.

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