Couple riding Segway scooters in the spring
 
Dogwood Canyon Activities
Dogwood Canyon has plenty of engaging activities to participate in while you explore the park - Dogwood Canyon Property Map
Find the dates, times, locations and general information for these Activities below.
Green Activities are free with park admission. Those in Blue are free with any Adventure purchase.

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*Green activities are included with park admission.
*Blue activities are included with any paid adventure.


 


August 2018 Activities
See Calendar above for Dates and Times of Activities

Nature & Conservation Programs

Join us in the Nature & Conservation Center classroom for a short hands-on nature program and create your own nature craft to take home!

Discovery Stations

Come check out our new Discovery Stations at the Dogwood Nature and Conservation Center! Our stations provide a casual yet engaging educational opportunity for families and children to learn about nature through hands-on crafts, activities, and table top displays. Station topics change monthly. (See Activity planner for dates) Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trailside Science Stations

Be sure to stop by our trailside activity stations while you’re out in the canyon! The stations feature a rotation of wildlife artifacts, table top activities and information about plants and wildlife in the park. Talk with our knowledgeable staff and learn something new about the natural wonders that call this place home.

Foraging in the Ozarks

Join wilderness survival instructor and naturalist Bo Brown at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for a mosey around the canyon to learn about wildflowers, edible and medicinal plants, and a bit about local archaeology. Bring binoculars if you have them, as there’s always a possibility to see beautiful songbirds and other Ozarks wildlife!

Wood Carving Demos

Watch master craftsman Dan Binkley at work as he turns raw wood into art and tool.

Live Animal Encounters

Presented by Wonders of Wildlife, get up close and learn about birds of prey and animals like snakes, hedgehogs, owls, hawks and more!

Stone-Age Survival Skills

There is a direct line of human technology, from 2.3 million years ago when our earliest ancestors banged rocks to make cutting tools, to the dizzyingly rapid advances in our modern world. Join survival Instructor/naturalist Bo Brown to explore the humble beginnings of the technologies that allowed our species to survive and thrive. See demonstrations of flint knapping, friction fire, cordage, the atlatl, (our earliest compound weapon) and exhibit/discussion of other tools, weapons and clothing employed by our prehistoric ancestors.  

Forest Explorers Guided Hike

Come along as we explore each layer of the forest from the floor to the canopy in this hands-on nature hike! All supplies are provided including binoculars, magnifying glasses, tweezers and butterfly nets.

STORYWALK Hike

Add a little adventure to your nature hike along our Hickory Ridge Trail with Dogwood Canyon StoryWalk®. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (a deconstructed book, page by page) along a popular walking route in the community. StoryWalk was conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers and caregivers to take young children outdoors to combine physical activity with learning. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.


September 2018 Activities
See Calendar above for Dates and Times of Activities

Nature & Conservation Programs

Join us in the Nature & Conservation Center classroom for a short hands-on nature program and create your own nature craft to take home!

Discovery Stations

Come check out our new Discovery Stations at the Dogwood Nature and Conservation Center! Our stations provide a casual yet engaging educational opportunity for families and children to learn about nature through hands-on crafts, activities, and table top displays. Station topics change monthly. (See Activity planner for dates) Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trailside Science Stations

Be sure to stop by our trailside activity stations while you’re out in the canyon! The stations feature a rotation of wildlife artifacts, table top activities and information about plants and wildlife in the park. Talk with our knowledgeable staff and learn something new about the natural wonders that call this place home.

Foraging in the Ozarks

Join wilderness survival instructor and naturalist Bo Brown at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for a mosey around the canyon to learn about wildflowers, edible and medicinal plants, and a bit about local archaeology. Bring binoculars if you have them, as there’s always a possibility to see beautiful songbirds and other Ozarks wildlife!

Wood Carving Demos

Watch master craftsman Dan Binkley at work as he turns raw wood into art and tool.

Live Animal Encounters

Presented by Wonders of Wildlife, get up close and learn about birds of prey and animals like snakes, hedgehogs, owls, hawks and more!

Stone-Age Survival Skills

There is a direct line of human technology, from 2.3 million years ago when our earliest ancestors banged rocks to make cutting tools, to the dizzyingly rapid advances in our modern world. Join survival Instructor/naturalist Bo Brown to explore the humble beginnings of the technologies that allowed our species to survive and thrive. See demonstrations of flint knapping, friction fire, cordage, the atlatl, (our earliest compound weapon) and exhibit/discussion of other tools, weapons and clothing employed by our prehistoric ancestors.  

Forest Explorers Guided Hike

Come along as we explore each layer of the forest from the floor to the canopy in this hands-on nature hike! All supplies are provided including binoculars, magnifying glasses, tweezers and butterfly nets.

STORYWALK Hike

Add a little adventure to your nature hike along our Hickory Ridge Trail with Dogwood Canyon StoryWalk®. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children’s story (a deconstructed book, page by page) along a popular walking route in the community. StoryWalk was conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers and caregivers to take young children outdoors to combine physical activity with learning. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Critter Encounters

Stop by our Critter Encounters for an up close meet and greet with a live animal as you learn a little about their biology and behavior. Possible critters include: snake, salamander, turtle, and hissing cockroaches. (Specific animals include opportunities to touch) Encounters are open, walk-up experiences and are included with park admission.

Salamander Feedings

Join us for this informal feeding experience with our Tiger Salamanders! We’ll sit down and hang out with these unusual creatures while they enjoy an afternoon snack. Learn about the secret lives of mole salamanders and unique amphibian characteristics. Encounters last 15-20 minutes and are included with park admission.