Visit Roan Mountain

Published 3:09 pm Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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February 1-28
Support Our Wildlife Ambassadors

All Month

* $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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February 18
Belated-Valentine Bird Feeder — 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Meet at the Conference Center. Price is $2. Join Seasonal Interpreter Lauren Thompson for a Valentine-themed craft suitable for kids and families of all ages!
Did you know that you can help birds in winter? Learn how to help birds be safe and well-fed in the winter by following a few simple steps. We’ll be making heart-shaped “seed logs” to help our feathery friends finish the winter strong and healthy.

February 19
Peg Leg Mine GeoVenture — 2 p.m – 4 p.m. Meet at Visitor Center Porch. Price is $10 and register for the event. Join us for an adventure on the 0.4 mile Peg Leg Mine Trail searching for evidence of the rich history of Roan Mountain within the rocks! Ranger Phil Hylen will lead your adventure through iron mining history and much more before participants bust open their very own geodes.
This adventure is limited to 12 people and is great for all ages. Registration costs $10 per head and can be done either on this page or by calling the park office. This program will meet and end on the Visitor Center Porch.

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 and 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 3
Raptors of the Roan — 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at Park Headquarters. Join us from 4-5 p.m. at the Park Headquarters to delve into the incredible world of raptors — birds of prey we can enjoy here in Roan Mountain. Our owl ambassadors will make a hoot of an appearance alongside our aviary volunteers and park rangers. This program is free and no registration in required. We ask that you do not bring any pets other than required service animals to this program.

March 4
Roan Mountain 2023 Weed Wrangle — 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Meet at Visitor Center Porch. Register for the event, Join Roan Mountain State Park to take part in a battle against invasive plants! Volunteers and park ranger staff will be working together to continue the battle against non-native Chinese Privet around the Visitor Center area and along the Doe River. This event will start at 1 p.m. at the Visitor Center and end at 5 p.m. Gloves, eye-wear, and tools will be provided by the park. Volunteers are asked to bring good working shoes, clothing for unpredictable weather, a water bottle, and any snacks. In addition to removing invasive privet, volunteers will help to plant native plants into restoration sites to help outcompete the non-native plants in the future.