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Celebrate the outdoors by taking part in Natural Tunnel's spring events

Staff Report • Mar 12, 2018 at 3:43 PM

DUFFIELD — With spring on its way, Natural Tunnel State Park has planned a number of weekend activities to help you enjoy the outdoors.

Below is a list of events happening over the next several weeks.

Saturday, March 24

9 a.m. — Early Bird Gets the Worm: Start off the morning by hiking the park’s Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. This free, guided hike will lead you into various habitats, and we may even see some wildlife along the way. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, and feel free to bring your camera or binoculars. Meet at the Blockhouse parking lot.

11 a.m. — Pinecone Bird Feeders: Welcome our spring migrants back by making a bird feeder inspired by nature. Learn about a few of the common birds you might see around the park and even in your own backyard. Meet at the Visitor Center for this free event.

1 p.m. — Tunnel Talk: As you enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mouth of the tunnel, discover why this geologic phenomenon is so unique. Meet at the platform area at the mouth of the tunnel for this free event. Access down to the tunnel is via the Tunnel Trail (0.3 miles) at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, March 31

2 p.m. — Annual Egg Hunt: Calling all kids! Come see what the Easter Bunny has left at Natural Tunnel State Park. There will be thousands of eggs filled with a variety of prizes to hunt. There are five age groups: toddler-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-15. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the Egg Hunt begins, and don’t forget an Easter basket or bag for collecting eggs. A free lunch will follow the hunt at shelter 5. This free event is sponsored by Rye Cove Community Church, Rye Cove Community Church women and Three Bells United Methodist Church women. For more information, call the park office at (276) 940-2674. Meet at the Picnic Area.

Saturday, April 7

9 a.m. — Salamander Meander: Find out what makes these amphibians so unique. Then join an interpreter as you go on an adventure to find salamanders. Meet at Stock Creek Interpretive Center for this free event.

10 a.m. — Wildflower and Photography Hike: Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season. Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center for this free event.

1 p.m. — Pollinator Workshop: This workshop is recommended for children ages 2-6. It will cover the basics of pollinators: what they are and what plants they like. You must register no later than the Wednesday prior to the workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at (276) 940-2696 or emailing Gretchen.Cope@dcr.virginia.gov. A minimum of five participants is required. This is a collaborative effort by Natural Tunnel State Park and the Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board, and the cost is $3 per participant. Meet at the Cove Ridge Center.

Saturday, April 14

10 a.m. — Wildflower and Photography Hike: Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom. Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center for this free event.

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. — Salamander Meander: Find out what makes these amphibians so unique. Then join an interpreter as you go on an adventure to find salamanders. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center for this free event.

1 p.m. — Tunnel Talk: As you enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the mouth of the tunnel, discover why this geologic phenomenon is so unique. Meet at the platform area at the mouth of the tunnel. Walk down the Tunnel Trail (0.3 miles) or enjoy a ride down on the chairlift for $4 per person.

Sunday, April 22

11 a.m. — Origami Seed Pots: Discover a little about recycling and seeds and create your very own seed pots out of newspaper. Meet at the Camp Store for this free event.

2 p.m. — Wild about Wildflowers: Enjoy a casual walk in the woods to discover the various wildflowers in bloom. Bring along your camera to capture all of the spring beauty. Meet at the Visitor Center for this free event.

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