Offerings available Every Saturday

Nature Detective Program  

Wildrock's environmental educator will invite visitors ages 4 through 12 to learn about an animal living in the Blue Ridge foothills through fun facts and activities.  This program is offered between 9:30pm and 1:00pm upon request.

Family Day of Play

Every Saturday from 10:00 until 1:00, an experienced art therapist, Trudi Goodwin, invites families to enjoy an expressive arts project using natural materials. The projects are designed to explore how nature can support social and emotional growth by helping us slow down, relax, and release stress.  To register, select a Saturday morning slot here.

special programs

april 15 and april 22     gentle woodland play

Enjoy a parent-child nature connection group for two to four year olds. Local ecotherapist, artist, and yoga/meditation teacher Linda Cappacchione invites families to discover nature as a place for family bonding, support, rejuvenation, self-care, and creative expression. To register, register for Sunday play at, and note on the form that you will be attending "Gentle Woodland Play." Participants may come to one, two, or three meetings. The cost is "pay what you can," a suggested donation of $10 to $25 per family. Questions? Email

April 21                                 Earth Day celebration

Wildrock will be celebrating Earth Day by inviting families to create a family walking stick celebrating gratitude for the earth. Ribbons, special tags, yarn, and natural materials will be used. Families will be invited to walk the trail together after they have created their individualized walking stick. 

april 28                                 screen free week kick off event

Wildrock will invite families to a day of screen free fun! Special outdoor challenge activities will be set up on the trail.  Discover how creating real adventures is more memorable and exciting then anything we can watch on a screen!  Choose from three adventures based on age -- preschool, early elementary, and upper elementary age.

april 29                                 national park prescription day

Getting outside has a wide range of benefits for physical, emotional, and social well being. Wildrock will be marking this day by inviting families to explore their favorite ways of being outside -- ball games, free play, hiking, creating in nature, etc.  We will invite families to post their own self designed "park prescription" on the Wildrock Parks for Health Board.  

may 5                                     family hike

Join Char Tomlinson, an enthusiastic youth guide, on this upbeat and engaging family hike for all ages.  Hike starts at 11:00am.

may 12                                  real fairy godmothers of wildrock

From 10:00am to 12:00 pm Wildrock's Discovery Loop trail will be visited by real Fairy Godmothers.  Retired teachers, therapists, and arts will be tucked in nooks along the trail ready to offer special nature treasures and kind words.  Children will visit each fairy godmother and leave with their own bag of treasures -- and a happy heart!  Register here

may 12                                  family camping event

Sleep under the stars!  This is easy facilitated camping. Tents and cots provided, s'more and campfire activity prearranged.  For more info, visit here

may 13                                  Mother's Day celebration

Join us for a day of family play time from 11:00am to 3:00pm!  Local photographer Karyn Novakowski will be taking pictures of moms and kids playing and exploring together. To learn more, visit here.

may 19                                  rockfish wildlife sanctuary visit

Our partners at the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary will be visiting with special animals currently being rehabilitated.  

May 19                                  Veteran retreat

Kevin Blanchard and Myra Khan Blanchard will be presenting a workshop for veteran families called A Repurposed Veteran: Growing Beyond the Military.  This free workshop offers childcare and dinner.  To learn, visit here

may 26                                  spring celebration family hike

Join Char Tomlinson for a fun family hike on the Discovery Loop trail at 11:00am.