Gazers of the Galaxy
with Georgia astronomer, Alex Langoussis, FRAS

photo by Carlos A. Ortega

Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what was “out there”? Now’s your chance to view Brasstown Bald’s scenic vista in a whole new light – or dark! We’ll be meeting up with our astronomy friends at the highest point in Georgia to discover the hidden mysteries of Georgia’s darkest sky. Astronomer, Alex Langoussis, will guide you though the night, interpreting the wonders of the universe through his galactic stories and expertise, with the opportunity to use a high powered telescope. You’ll help be “Guardian of the Galaxy” after spending an evening learning about the magic of deep space and northern Georgia’s incredible nightscape!

April 26, May 3, May 10, May 11, May 24, May 31
June 7, June 8, June 21, June 28

$20 per person, 13+
$10 children 6-12

To Register for Gazers of the Galaxy and for more details

 

Hungry Birds of Northeast Georgia
with

May 18

Junior Explorers Day
with the Natural Inquirer and Smokey Bear

June 8
11 am – 3 pm

Where kids can become Nature Science Investigators or earn a Junior Ranger Badge.  Kids and their families are welcome to participate together in experimenting with with real scientist equipment and conducting nature investigations….OR, perhaps you would like to help preserve the park as a Junior Ranger. Whatever their interest, we’re ready for exploration and discovery! Presentations and guided experiences are available for each path (see details below). If you prefer to participate at your own leisure, activities will be going on all day! 
 
NATURE SCIENTIST PATH:
Ages 8+
Natural Inquirer will present scientist equipment demonstrations followed by a nature science investigator activity. Eleven Forest Service scientists are highlighted in the Nature Science Investigator activity booklet where students are introduced to 2-3 outdoor, hands-on activities for each scientist.
1:00PM & 2:00PM – presentation and scientist equipment demonstration followed by activity
FREE – Investigator booklet included
 
JUNIOR RANGER PATH:
Age 8+
“Explore. Learn. Protect!”
Kids have the opportunity to play a part in preserving our park. They will each take the oath to protect our forests, complete games, identify native animals, and learn about Brasstown Bald’s cultural and natural history.
1:30PM & 2:30PM – Guided Ranger programs
$3 cash fee per child – booklet, Brasstown Bald Jr. Ranger badge, and personalized certificate included.
 
SCAVENGER HUNT is also available for kids of ALL AGES!

Lessons from a Black Bear: Myths and Relationships
with 

June 15
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bears

Appalachian Trail Day
with Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and Top of Georgia Education Center and Hostel

June 29
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

A Day in the Life…..on the Appalachian Trail

Picture yourself on the longest hiking footpath in the world! Your home on your back, a well worn path ahead of you, and beautiful scenery surrounding you. Starting right here in North Georgia at Brasstown Bald, all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail has been compacted down to a bite size adventure for your ultimate mini-AT experience!

Immerse yourself in the behind the scenes of the “AT” by….

*Exploring our AT Base Camp Village
*Watching an Emmy nominated AT film in our Mountain Top Theater
*Discovering the equipment and supplies essential for hiking
*Taking a guided hike on the 0.6 mile mini-AT
*Visiting a mock backcountry campsite
*Submersing yourself into Georgia AT History at the mobile exhibit
and…
*Meeting AT trail stewards, thru-hikers, and enthusiasts

EXPERIENCE the MAGIC OF THE TRAIL at Brasstown Bald!  2018 is an extra special year as we will be celebrating the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM ACT. The Appalachian Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the system and the Chattahoochee National Forests is home to all 79 miles of the AT in Georgia.

FILM:
“Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story”
11:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Gripping and inspirational, this Emmy nominated “Best Historical Documentary” will have two special showings in our Mountain Top Theater. With no real equipment and no real experience, the spirit of the first woman to hike the AT back in the 1950’s lives on! Arrive early for a seat.
Produced by arrangement with EdenValleyEnterprises.org
Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitors Center is a proud AT Communities member.

Free Day-Long Event with park entry.

 

Tap Your Forest
with 

July 13
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Meet

 

Rattlesnakes of Appalachia
with the Orianne Society

July 27
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Rattlesnakes are some of the last predators left in the Blue Ridge Mountains and they are local residents to Brasstown Bald Mountain. On July 27, Dr. Chris Jenkins, snake researcher and CEO of the Georgia based Orianne Society, will present a slide talk “Rattlesnakes of Appalachia” along with a meet-n-greet with one of our native slithery friends. This is not to be missed!

 

 

Lessons from a Black Bear: Myths and Relationships
with 

 

August 10
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Bears are

 

 

Raptor Rendezvous
with Georgia Mountain Falconry

October 12
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Master Class falconer and educator, Buster Brown, will bring native and non-native raptors to the Brasstown Bald Visitors Center. Two special presentations will take place at Noon and Three O’Clock in our mountain top theater along with a two hour meet n’ greet in between. Presentation seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.

The roster includes: Red-tailed Hawks, a Harris’s Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Lanner Falcon, Eastern Screech Owl, and Eurasian Eagle Owl.

Guests will be allowed to take photos. Kids are welcome!

Free program with park entry.

https://georgiamountainfalconry.com/