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High Knob Naturalist Rally offers free fun for families

Submitted by Harry Warren • Sep 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM

If you enjoy spending time outdoors and learning about nature, then Wise County’s High Knob Recreation Area is the place to be this weekend.

The 13th annual High Knob Naturalist Rally, presented by The Clinch Coalition (TCC), will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday (Sept. 28) at the High Knob Recreation Area, located about an hour north of Kingsport on U.S. Hwy. 23.

Part of the goal behind the rally is to help make the local outdoors more accessible to everyone. So, the all-day event is free to attend and includes a free lunch as well as free parking.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the family-friendly event, which includes hikes, presentations, kayaking, fly fishing, nature arts and crafts throughout the day. Lunch is provided and people are encouraged to bring chairs.

Through the rally, the Clinch Coalition and U.S. Forest Service also work to educate the community about the region’s unique ecosystem.

High Knob Naturalist Rally participants take part in activities designed to help them discover and learn about the unique natural world of Southwest Virginia. Experts, educators and knowledgeable naturalists present programs about wolves, beavers, butterflies, mushrooms, mussels, salamanders, edible plants, medicinal plants, forest ecology and regional geology. Special programs focus on wilderness survival, High Knob’s climate, making maple syrup, solar energy, and backyard birding.

The. U.S. Forest Service works hand-in-hand with the Clinch Coalition to make the High Knob Naturalist Rally possible and to keep it free for participants.

For those thinking of making a weekend of it, the High Knob campground is closed. However, camping is still available at Flag Rock, approximately two miles from the Naturalist Rally.

The Clinch Coalition formed in August 1998 when a small group of concerned citizens organized to protect Southwest Virginia’s great natural resources. The group endeavors to make the public aware and actively involved with the environment through educational programs, guided hikes, trail work and the High Knob Naturalist Rally.

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