Visit Roan Mountain

Published 1:02 pm Tuesday, January 24, 2023

January 1-31
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors
ROAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK

All Month
Price:

* $10.00 / Feeds one bird a day
* $20.00 / Feeds two birds a day
* $30.00 / Feeds three birds a day
* $40.00 / Feeds four birds a day
* $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.
To donate click the green “Register for Event” button at the right. Your donation is a one-time payment. If you wish to cover more than one day, update the “quantity” you wish to donate, or simply come back to this page in future months.
Thank you for supporting our Wildlife Ambassadors at Roan Mountain State Park!

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January 28
Night Ranger (Park Ranger, Not the ’80’s Band) — 6:30 p.m. Price is $5 and register for the event. Meet at Park Headquarters. Hike with Ranger Holland as we explore the natural nocturnal world of Roan Mountain State Park while learning about some of the challenges of night hiking. Hike will be moderate in difficulty and last approximately 1.5 hours.
Participants should dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy footwear, and bring a water and light source.

January 29
Tree Cookie Canvas — 2 p.m. Price is $5 children 12 and under, $10 per person. Register for the event. Tree Cookie Canvas! Join Ranger Holland (who still can’t color inside the lines) as we express our artistic side using a natural canvas. Tree cookie discs and other supplies (paints/wood burners) will be provided and participants will be able to take home their item made during the program. We will meet at the park headquarters prior to going to the program area.

February 25
Culture & Coffee: Dark Skies at Roan Mountain – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $0/person, $5/person + $5 donation. Register for the event. In 2015, Pickett CCC Memorial State Park and Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area earned Silver-tier International Dark Sky Park designation. It became the first state park in the Southeast to gain this prestigious recognition. Visitors can enjoy sweeping, rich views of the night sky similar to those found in many of the Western states.
Achieving this designation required a detailed multi-year process of measurement, evaluation, planning, advocacy & commitment. Join Park Manager Monique Johnson (Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park) and Park Ranger Michael Hodge (Pickett CCC Memorial State Park) to learn more about Dark Skies, why they matter and what we can do to improve viewing conditions in our region.
Coffee & Culture is a new speaker series at Roan Mountain State Park in 2023. Each engagement features a presentation from a subject matter expert on a different topic, and takes place at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. Coffee and light refreshments are provided. The series is free, although donations are appreciated and will be used to fund refreshments.

March 31
Culture & Coffee: The Scots-Irish in Appalachia – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $0/person, $5/person + $5 donation. Register for the event. While many in our region claim Scots-Irish heritage and generally acknowledge the role the Scots Irish played in the settlement and cultural development of the Southern Appalachian region, this presentation will provide a deeper understanding of who the Scots Irish were, where they came from, why they came, how they got here, and how they left their mark on our region.
About the Presenter: Jane MacMorran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University where she serves as Director of the Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies Program. She is a former United States National Scottish Fiddling Champion and serves as a judge for Scottish fiddle competitions across the U.S. Jane earned her PhD from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in 2018.
Coffee & Culture is a new speaker series at Roan Mountain State Park in 2023. Each engagement features a presentation from a subject matter expert on a different topic, and takes place at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. Coffee and light refreshments are provided. The series is free, although donations are appreciated and will be used to fund refreshments.

April 21
Spring Céilí at Roan Mountain State Park – 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $2/Kids 17 and under, $5 /Adults. Register for the event. An Irish céilí (or cèilidh if you’re Scottish!) is a traditional social gathering that often includes traditional dance, music, storytelling and all kinds of good fun. In honor of our region’s Scots-Irish heritage we’ll be hosting a Spring Céilí in the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.
Highlights include:

* Ceili Dances: No previous dance experience is required! These dances are meant for regular people and anyone who can walk comfortable can enjoy learning them.
* Traditional Music: The Roan Mountain Céilí Band will play a variety of dance tunes to accompany the dances, and a few other tunes in between (traditional Scottish and Irish musicians are welcome to join us, contact Ranger O’Day for details).
* Light Refreshments: Coffee & light refreshments will be provided.
Dress comfortably, in festive attire, with good shoes and come well-hydrated!
This is a ticketed event! Adults 18 and older $5 each, kids 17 and younger $2. Volunteers attend free (contact Ranger O’Day for volunteer opportunities).

April 22, 2023
Culture & Coffee: Whodunnit? with Detective Ralph Mayercik — 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $0//person, $5/attendee + donation ($5). Register for the event. Detective Mayercik will present real-world cases, providing us with an in-depth insider’s view on the process of murder investigation. If you’ve ever wondered if you’ve got the mind for detective work, this will be an opportunity to learn about the level of thinking that solves cases.
Due to the graphic nature of this subject and the imagery, this program is not suitable for children. Parents should use caution when deciding whether to bring teenagers.
Culture & Coffee is a new speaker series at Roan Mountain State Park in 2023. Each engagement features a presentation from a subject matter expert on a different topic, and takes place at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center. Coffee and light refreshments are provided. The series is free, although donations are appreciated and will be used to fund refreshments.

June 26-30, 2023
2023 Junior Ranger Camp Ages 8 -11 (Save the Date) — Registration opens May 1, 2023. Learn about safety, plants, animals, bugs, astronomy, environmental stewardship, history and more! At the conclusion of the week each participant will be sworn in as an official Junior Ranger for Tennessee State Parks at our graduation ceremony and banquet.
Camp begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends by noon, Monday through Thursday. Our graduation ceremony and party will take place Friday night from 6-8:30 p.m. at the park Conference Center. An optional night hike will be offered Friday Night after the banquet (families welcome).
Registration fee of $60 includes a t-shirt, daily snacks, and a fun awards celebration on Friday night. Registrants will receive additional paperwork via email including a liability waiver, medical history form, and information forms for each child, as well as agenda details and pickup & drop off locations for each day.
***Cloudland students may register at a discounted rate of $45 by contacting the park office at 423-547-3900.