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COVID-19 has had effects on our events. For more information, please visit our Keeping Visitors Healthy page.
Please note that all programs, events and tours require masks for all participants.

Friday, October 9 -11
Women’s Rock Climbing Workshop – 7 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Price is $60.00 – ***NOTE*** THIS PROGRAM IS BASED OUT OF CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN STATE PARK, CROSSVILLE, TN. ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME.
Event Description:

– Friday we will start with a meet and greet at the Rec Lodge around 7:00 pm CST. We will cover outdoor climbing basics, including knot tying and belay technique.

– Saturday we will meet at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain climbing area. Once we get to Black Mountain, there is a short hike to the climbing location from the trailhead (1/2 mile). A number of top rope climbs and a 40 ft. rappel will be set up for the day. Climbs range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate/advanced.

– Sunday morning we will meet back at the Rec Lodge parking lot at 8:30 am CST to carpool to the Black Mountain for another day of climbing. The day ends around 3:00 pm CST, but you are free to leave earlier as needed (please let one of the staff know if you plan to leave early).**The Black Mountain Climbing area does not have restroom facilities, please be prepared for each day. We will be practicing Leave No Trace.
Age restrictions:
18 Years of Age and Older
Price: $60 – instruction and gear for the weekend
Accommodations for Cumberland Mountain State Park: Camping/Cabin reservations – make them online at https://tnstateparks.com/parks/cumberland-mountain
Please make your camping/cabin reservations ahead of time. Food will not be provided during the course of this workshop. Pack your breakfast, lunch, and snacks for each day. For dinner, we encourage you to bring your own or plan to eat at the Homestead Harvest Restaurant on the park.
Cancellation Deadline/Refund Policy: Participants may cancel no later than Thursday, October 1st, 5:00 PM with a 50% refund. After October 1st, 5:00 PM there will be no refunds for participant cancellation.
Weather Cancellation Policy: There is no alternate date. In the event of a weather related cancellation 10/9/20 or prior we will offer a full refund. In the event of a weather related cancellation 10/9/20 or later, we will consider refunds on a case-by-case basis.
Tuesday, October 13
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Price is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles). This group class is for adult learners although teenagers older than 15 are welcome to join.

There are two ways to join up:

1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.

2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on one Saturday each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming. Meet at contact instructor for details.
Sunday, October 18
Irish Traditional Music Session – 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – An Irish “session” is an informal gathering of musicians who play Irish Traditional Music. It’s like a music jam, but with a set repertoire of tunes and a very specific style. Experienced Irish Traditional Musicians (melody instruments only) are welcome to join. Due to COVID-19, this event is limited to 10 total participants (Irish Musicians) and advance registration is required. CDC recommendations apply. To register, contact the program leader. The price is Free. Meet at Contact Program Leader.

Tuesday, October 20
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Price is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles). This group class is for adult learners although teenagers older than 15 are welcome to join.

There are two ways to join up:

1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.

2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on one Saturday each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming. Meet at contact instructor for details.

Saturday, October 24
Fiddle for the Absolute Beginner – 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Price is $25.00 – Workshop participants will learn the basics of playing the fiddle, including instrument care, tuning, posture, bow hold, fingering, scales, active listening, learning by ear, and more. No matter what kind of fiddle music you’re interested in, the fundamentals are the same!
No previous experience is required. All you need is a playable fiddle, a recording device, and a desire to learn. If you’d like some advice on finding a starter fiddle, contact the instructor. This workshop is aimed at the adult learner’s attention span, but teenagers 15 and older are welcome.
The workshop will be taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day. Marcianne learned to fiddle from her grandfather, starting at the age of seven. She has a minor in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music from ETSU, was a founding member of the ETSU Celtic Band, has toured Scotland and Ireland, and has been teaching for over ten years. She performs across the Southeast with Irish Traditional Band Sigean and enjoys traditional music in many forms. Meet at: Contact Instructor for details.
Tuesday, October 27
Fiddlers Club: Weekly Group Lesson – 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Price is $10.00 – Lessons are taught by Park Ranger Marcianne O’Day and focus on traditional tunes and playing techniques.
All you need to participate is a working fiddle, a desire to learn, and a little time to practice. The more you can practice, the quicker you’ll make progress, but even if you only have a few minutes a day and show up for lessons on a regular basis, you’ll fit in fine. Everyone progresses at their own pace and the group setting means that we all learn and benefit from each other’s questions (and struggles). This group class is for adult learners although teenagers older than 15 are welcome to join.

There are two ways to join up:

1) If you’ve had previous experience (maybe you had a year or less of lessons, and/or it has been a long time and you remember just a little) register online or in person, and show up to the lesson. Folks in the lesson are moving at different speeds and you’ll fall right in.

2) If you’ve never played before, or you feel like you’d be starting over from the beginning, start by registering for an Absolute Beginner’s Fiddle Workshop. They are offered on one Saturday each month. Once you’ve got the basics down, you’re welcome to join the weekly group lesson.
If you have questions about our class, or need help finding an instrument, if you want to get started as a complete beginner, or would like to try but have some anxiety about it, contact the instructor. She’ll answer questions and talk you into coming. Meet at contact instructor for details.

Sunday, November 1 – 30, 2020
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors
All Month Price:

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$10.00 / Feeds one bird a day
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$20.00 / Feeds two birds a day
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$30.00 / Feeds three birds a day
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$40.00 / Feeds four birds a day
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$50.00 / Feeds five birds a day

At Roan Mountain we house, care for, and educate the public on a variety of native animals. We work under an educational permit from TWRA. Currently, we care for three birds of prey and several snakes! As you can imagine, caring for these animals is costly, as their food and health care is a specialty!
All of our animals are non-releasable for a variety of reasons. We frequently program with these animals and never charge for educational programs when using them. Here is your opportunity to support our educational wildlife program and help us care for these animals!
All donations will go to purchase food, pay vet bills, purchase gloves, tethers, falconry equipment, aquarium bedding, and to improve and build more housing facilities for our non-releasable birds of prey.
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!