New Virginia State Park - Natural Bridge State Park

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 Natural Bridge will become the 37th Virginia State Park with great fanfare. It is an appropriate day for its opening since it's National Public Lands Day, a day we celebrate the land of the people - parks and other properties protected by the government (at all levels) for us all to enjoy.

Admission to the Park will be free for the day.

Once owned by Thomas Jefferson and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 215-foot tall Natural Bridge is a limestone gorge carved out by Cedar Creek. The newest Virginia State Park is more than just the bridge. Beautiful forests, open, rolling meadows showcase the area’s karst terrain, and vistas of surrounding mountains and the James River valley display nature’s splendor. Access these via 6 miles of hiking trails, including the accessible Cedar Creek Trail that leads from the bridge to the Monacan Indian Village and Lace Falls with its 30-foot cascade. Living history programs connect you to the past and cover how people once used the area’s resources for survival and inspiration. Start at the Rockbridge Center where you will find exhibits and a gift shop.

Schedule for Saturday, September 24th, at Natural Bridge State Park

8:30 a.m. Shuttles start running
10-11 a.m. Opening Celebration
Explore the Park
7-9 p.m. Concert: The Dancing Chicken Band



For more information about the new Natural Bridge State Park go here...



* * *  Field Trip Fun for Your Family  * * *


Fall Into Fun Festival - Chiles Peach Orchard
Crozet, September 24-25
Our 5th Annual Fall Into Fun Festival is our celebration of Autumn! We'll be apple picking, our pumpkin patch will be open, and we'll have games, prizes, and food.
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Family Fun Day — Archaeology - Henricus Historical Park
Chester, October 1
In honor of Virginia’s Archaeology Month!Demonstrations, crafts and archaeology activities located at multiple site stations. Event is designed for the whole family; activities are ongoing and self-paced.
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NEW EXHIBITION: Polynesian Voyagers - Mariners' Museum
Newport News, Opens October 1, 2016
Join us for the opening of our newest exhibition Polynesian Voyagers. This exhibition will feature the time-honored navigational skills of the Polynesian navigators who relied on their knowledge of the wind, waves, and stars.
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Dinosaur Discovery Trail - Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, scheduled to open October 15, 2016
This year, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the museum will open a permanent outdoor Dinosaur Discovery Trail. This permanent exhibit will showcase 16 of the majestic animals that ruled our earth for more than 150 million years. Visitors will walk through the woods to see realistic one-third to full-size dinosaurs from the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. The trail will also include a Paleo camp and dig pits for amateur paleontologists.
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Fancy Me Mad: Graveyard Tour + Tales from Edgar Allan Poe
Richmond, October 22,  5:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John’s Church Foundation and the Poe Museum Present Fancy Me Mad, our fall event honoring the spirits of the season, All Hallow’s Eve, as well as master storyteller, Edgar Allan Poe.  Please join us for a ghostly Graveyard tour, followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself.
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