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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Blue Ridge Parkway Reopens
May 24 all-day
Blue Ridge Parkway

As coronavirus restrictions are loosened, sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen to drivers as soon as “seasonal mowing and road preparations” are complete, according to a release from parkway spokeswoman Leesa Brandon.

On May 9, the southernmost 14 miles of the Parkway, from Milepost 454-469, will reopen in coordination with the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gates to longer stretches of the Parkway will be opened May 15 — as long as maintenance projects in that area are completed:

  • Milepost 292-296.5 near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot.
  • Milepost 298.6-308 through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove Viaduct.
  • Milepost 316.4 Linville Falls Spur Road, including parking at Linville Falls trailheads.
  • Milepost 334-342 including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland.
  • Milepost 355-375.6 from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy Gardens.
  • Milepost 377.4 Parking areas at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail access.
  • Milepost 384.7 Roadside parking at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access ramps.
  • Milepost 393-454 from French Broad River Overlook and south to Soco Gap.
Greenville Library Online for Kids
May 24 all-day
Greenville Library Online

Learn with Kids at Home

With schools closed and many students learning from home, we have resources for homework help for all ages, including fun learning activities for caregivers with preschoolers:

  • BookFlix – Video storybooks paired with related nonfiction ebooks
  • BrainPop, Jr – Video and fun learning activities for students in grades K-3
  • Muzzy Online – Language learning for kids
  • TumbleBooks – Animated and talking story and chapter books
  • TumbleMath – Math picture books for students in grades K-6
    • Note: This resource has been made available temporarily through August 31, 2020.

All these and more can be found under the Kids & Teens menu at Kids Homework & Learning and Teens Homework & Learning. Our Kindergarten Readiness resources and Little Learners Club have hundreds of ideas for activities with young children. The State Library has also provided temporary access to Tutor.com, a great homework help resource including access to live tutoring for students in grades K-12.

You can also find beginning reader and picture books on OverDrive, as well as books for older children, by browsing by subject under Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction.

Helpful Resources: Parents Educating kids at home
May 24 all-day
online
St. Louis Symphony 2020 BMC Instrument Playground Online
May 24 all-day
online
The World’s LARGEST Scavenger Hunt!
May 24 all-day
Virtual

This National Scavenger Hunt Day, be a part of this record-crushing, earth-shattering, worldwide event! Let’s Roam is hosting a custom scavenger hunt experience where teams around the globe will participate from their own homes. If we can get 2,733 people to go on our specially-crafted scavenger hunt on the same day, we’ll break the record and make scavenger hunt history!

It’s all led by Let’s Roam’s celebrated app and can be completed from any home (no “extra” supplies required). You’ll have 2 hours to complete as many challenges in the “World Record Attempt” scavenger hunt as possible. Since this is a worldwide event, this scavenger hunt will explore global cultures and help you travel the world from your own home. Through this event, we hope to connect people around the globe through the spirit of exploration!

Registration includes access to the “World Record Attempt” scavenger hunt in the Let’s Roam app, a t-shirt to help you commemorate your participation in the international event, a special certificate, and downloadable, sharable photos of your record-breaking experience.

Share with your friends, your family and loved ones to make May 24th, 2020 a day to go down in the history books!

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 24 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube
Phased Reopening DuPont State Recreational Forest
May 24 @ 5:00 am – 10:00 pm
DuPont State Recreational Forest

DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest have begun a phased reopening in Western North Carolina.

To encourage responsible use and to maintain required social distancing, phased reopening will begin by allowing public access only to areas of the forest that promote movement-focused activities. Some areas and facilities of the forest will not be available to the public during phase one of the reopening but will become available in accordance with Governor Cooper’s phased plan for reopening the state.

“N.C. Forest Service staff are working hard, taking every precaution, to make sure our state forests are available for families and visitors to safely enjoy some of North Carolina’s most beautiful views,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Now, we need the public to join our efforts. We must take care of public lands and each other by following social distancing guidelines and recommendations from our public health experts.”

Minimal services, facilities and assistance will be available for visitors. Responsible recreation is critical during this time. Visitors are asked to be good stewards and good neighbors. Visitors may find limited parking at busy times. Please only park in designated parking areas.

What can visitors expect during a visit to DuPont State Recreational Forest during phase one of the reopening?

  • DuPont State Recreational Forest is open daily, 5 a.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Most of the trail system is open, and visitors should come prepared to access trails and to keep moving. Come prepared to share trails with all types of users. Trail courtesy is critical during this time to ensure safe access for everyone.
  • Parking is limited to Fawn Lake Access Area, Guion Farm Access Area and Corn Mill Shoals Access Area. Expect crowding and limited parking.
  • Portable toilets are available. Permanent restrooms are not available.
  • Gathering areas of the forest remain closed to encourage movement and separation. These areas include the following:
    • High Falls Access Area Hooker Falls Access Area, and Lake Imaging Access Area
    • Visitor Center and Office
    • Triple Falls Trail and Staircase, Base of High Falls Trail, Wintergreen Falls, and the area at the base of Bridal Veil (Waterfall viewing areas remain available. Remember social distancing. Remain patient. Wait your turn.)
    • Three Lakes Trail
    • All picnic areas
    • Swimming areas and waterfronts
    • Hooker Falls, Fawn Lake, Lake Dense and Lake Alford

 

Animal Habitats VIP Tours
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

See where the cougars and otters sleep overnight, meet black bears that are not commonly on display, learn the ins and outs of what it takes to care for the animals year-round, observe a training session and find out why the animals call Grandfather Mountain home.

Offered on weekends, April – October.

Biltmore Open to Annual Passholders advanced reservations-only basis
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Biltmore

Health and Safety Updates

Opening our 8,000-Acre Estate on a Limited Basis Starting May 9

In accordance with state and local government reopening guidelines, Biltmore will open the estate’s park spaces—our glorious gardens and grounds with more than 20 miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails—beginning Saturday, May 9.

With consideration for county mandates regarding social distancing and mass gatherings, we are opening exclusively for Biltmore Annual Passholders who reside in Western North Carolina on an advanced reservations-only basis.

We will expand the opening of additional guest experiences in alignment with state and local guidelines. We look forward to welcoming more guests to the estate at that time.

Mystery Hill + Tomahawk Hill Reopening
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mystery Hill

Mystery Hill and our rowdy neighbor, Tomahawk Hill, will be reopening from 9 am to 6 pm only on Fridays, Sat-
urdays, and Sundays, starting May 15th. As part of the Covid 19 Phase One business openings instituted in North

Carolina, we will abide by the safe distancing rules, and will have limited, time-slotted tickets. We encourage
visitors to buy tickets in advance on our website to avoid wait times outside. All attractions will be operating with
some operational changes to help with social distancing and ramped up sanitation procedures. Front Porch Eats
will operate for take out only but the onsite picnic areas have been setup for social distancing and will be open.
We are going to extend the expiration date on all current Vortex Pass Memberships to December 31, 2021 and for the
rest of May any vortex passes purchased or renewed will get $20 off and will also be valid until December 31, 2021.
Here are just some of the precautions we are taking:
• Separate entrance and exit doors to limit cross traffic
• 6 ft separation in ticketing queue line
• Plastic barriers separating staff and guests in ticketing line
• Staff will wear a mask and maintain social distance
• Anomaly tours will start every 30 min and will be private for only one group traveling
together

• Access to the Museums, Tomahawk Hill and Gift Shops will be limited by occupancy to help with social dis-
tancing

• The Old Time Photo Parlour will not be open yet so for tickets that include photos guest can choose to either
have a souvenir photo done in the Mystery House, Platform, Bubblerama, or Tomahawk Hill or they can get a
voucher to use for the Old Time Photo when it reopens
• Front Porch Eats will operate for takeout only but guests can use our picnic tables which have been spread
out to maintain social distancing
• We are adding hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to each of our exhibit areas and asking the guest to
sanitize before they enter
• We are increasing our daily housekeeping cleaning of fixtures, exhibits, and handrails to several times per day

Adventure Center of Asheville Kolo Bike Park has reopened
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Adventure Center of Asheville

Kolo Bike Park has reopened with amended attendance and safety precautions. The current operating days and hours will be Thursday to Sunday weekly with 2 riding sessions daily at 10:00-2:00 and 2:00-6:00. We have received notification from the Buncombe County Health & Human Services Department that our bike trails can operate with certain conditions.

Currently, the aerial activities are closed. May 13, we are planning to open the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. Then we plan to open the Ziplines soon after that.

If you are interested in riding at Kolo Bike Park, please check out our current safety rules and regulations. We highly recommend reservations, payment and waivers to be completed prior to arrival.

Looking Forward or #ashevillelookingforward, we are building new Bike Trails, starting a Kolo Bike Program for younger kids, and have added a new intermediate trail on the Treetops Park. And we have a fun Halloween surprise in store for our younger guests.

As a locally owned family business, we look to the future…….

1. Keep your plans and reservations in place. We are only planning to be closed as long as we have to keep our Guests and employees safe. If your activity date happens at a time when we are closed, we will contact you.

2. If we need to cancel your upcoming activity, consider a credit vs. refund. That allows us to keep the facility and team ready to go when we do reopen. We continue to have expenses even while we are closed including preparing the gear/facility for the season and paying our leadership team. Your support will help us keep this great family facility alive and strong for the next 10 years.

3. Book reservations for May 13 or later for the Treetops Park or May 20 or later for the Zipline.

4. Buy gift certificates today for you, friends, or family. They don’t expire and they are great gifts all year long. That continuance of cashflow will help us all keep the economy going.

5. Keep planning for summer camps. We are planning a great summer with four different day camp options. We have returning camp counselors, new trails for bikes and a new aerial trail in the Treetops Park. And announcing our 2 new Kolo Advanced Shred Summer Sessions for ages 13-17 to develop their fundamental skills by advanced pro level riders. Call our office or book online (fees apply when booking online.) 828.225.2921

6. Group sales is still taking reservations for the future at [email protected] A group adventure in the Trees (Zipping or Climbing the Treetops Park) or on the ground (team building or mountain bike riding) will be a great way to reconnect with co-workers, students, families and youth groups.

7. Check out our Blog with updated ACA information

We greatly appreciate the thousands of families, groups of friends, couples, young adults, schools, businesses, churches, camps and so many more that are part of our adventure family. We are where we were yesterday and where we will be a month from now because of you. Your support allows our team to do what we love to do while helping you do the same. We look forward to getting back to normal again. Stay safe and well!

Jeff Greiner
Adventure Center of Asheville
www.advavl.com

Monday, May 25, 2020
Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 25 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube
Sandburg Home: 34th Annual Folk Music Festival Memorial Day
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carl Sandburg Home

 

Jamie Laval performs at Sandburg Folk Fest
Jamie Laval Performs at Sandburg Folk Fest 2013

NPS Photo

On Memorial Day folk musicians from across the region will share a day of toe-tapping fun and music. Just as Carl Sandburg’s family enjoyed sitting on the porch while he played a guitar and sang for them, you can experience the joy of music at Connemara. All performances take place in the amphitheater, unless otherwise specified, and signs will direct festival goers.

2020 Performers include:

  • Pretty Little Goat Band
  • Jon Shain
  • Kat Williams
  • Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters
This event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be available for sale in the bookstore and tours of the Sandburg home will be available throughout the day for a small fee.

Parking
Keep in mind that our parking lots fill up quickly. We will run a courtesy shuttle from satellite parking lots at the Flat Rock Playhouse (located across the street) and from the Flat Rock Village Offices (110 Village Center Drive) to the park entrance, throughout the day. It is a short walk from the park entrance to the amphitheater. There will be also be a shuttle operating inside the park to take visitors from the entrance to the amphitheater, Sandburg Home and barn area.

The event will be held at the new amphitheater located near the park entrance. Bench seating is available and visitors are also welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets as seating is expected to fill quickly. Come prepared for warm weather, with sun protection, water and snacks. Dogs are not permitted in the seating areas for the festival.

Greenville Zoo Keeper Check-In
May 25 @ 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
via Facebook

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Join us daily, at 2:30pm, for a Keeper Check-In. We’ll visit with a different keeper every day for an exciting encounter with one of our amazing animals!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 26 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube
Greenville Zoo: Facebook Live: Educational Encounter
May 26 @ 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Facebook

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Join us Tuesday-Thursday, at 10:30am, for our an educational encounter. Tuesday: Tell Me About it Tuesdays Wednesday: Wild for Reading Wednesdays Thursday: Learning Safari Thursdays
Online Kids Storytelling Workshop with Seema Reza
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
online

New registration process for online workshops!

  1. Register for any workshop (except for May 1st, children’s workshops on May 12th and 26th, and our monthly workshop with the Strathmore) by clicking here.
  2. Wait for your registration to be approved, then follow the instructions in your email.
Greenville Zoo Keeper Check-In
May 26 @ 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
via Facebook

Image may contain: outdoor, possible text that says 'A greenvillezoo SOUTHCAROLINA faceboo live TUES-THURS AT 10:30 AM (EST): LIVE EDUCATIONAL ENCOUNTERS MON-FRI AT 2:30 PM (EST): LIVE KEEPER CHECK IN'

Join us daily, at 2:30pm, for a Keeper Check-In. We’ll visit with a different keeper every day for an exciting encounter with one of our amazing animals!

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Stay Connected Virtually
May 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
online
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Youth Education Video – Our Mountains
May 27 all-day
online

Youth Education Video – Our Mountains

Click Here to View Our Mountains Video
Have you ever wondered how the southern Appalachian mountains were formed, or how the underlying geology affects the biodiversity we work to protect? Check out this short 5-minute lesson, followed by a fun craft for all ages.
View More SAHC Videos on YouTube