Out and About Tri-Cities September 2017
Family Friendly Events In The Tri Cities
School has begun! We are having a blast with it! Last month was amazing and we enjoyed many opportunities to get out there and have fun learning. Without a doubt, we had a favorite! Bay’s Mountains presentation of Totality was spectacular! We hope you all had a chance to enjoy it too.
September is a great month to be a homeschooler in the Tri-Cities! There are some outstanding educational opportunities just waiting for us to show up! Let’s do this!
Astronomy Club at Bay’s Mountain
Friday – September 1st, 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm
Typically on the first Friday of most months, the Bays Mountain Astronomy Club hosts a free, public club meeting. You don’t have to be an amateur astronomer to enjoy our monthly keynote speaker. Anyone is welcome and is a great way to learn about basic astronomy! Meet at the Nature Center; Discovery Theater Classroom.
Fall Naturalist Rally at Roan Mountain
September 8th through the 10th, 2017
Come join us for our annual Fall Naturalist Rally, the Friends of Roan Mountain are continuing the tradition of this rally in its 55th year! The event will be held at the Roan Mountain State Park Conference center beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September the 8th. This is a weekend event that will conclude on Sunday. We will offer many hikes, programs, field trips, evening speakers, and children’s activities that center around nature conservation and the local ecosystems of the Roan Mountain area. We are very excited about the evening speakers, they include Dr. Andy Jones, Ornithologist and Director of Science at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the legendary Park Ranger Marty Silver. This is an event for all ages and we encourage every member of your family to attend. Evening and lunch programs will take place in Roan Mountain State Park ’s Conference Center and field trips will leave from the field on the left before the cabins in the park.
Mountain Wide Scavenger Hunt at Grandfather Mountain
Saturday – September 9th, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm
Families are invited to visit Grandfather Mountain for a mountain-wide scavenger hunt. Participants can follow the clues to locations within the park, where they’ll learn about the creatures that live on Grandfather Mountain. Those who complete all the necessary steps will win the game – and prizes! (This is outside the Tri-Cities but from our home in Elizabethton it is just over an hour drive.-Well worth it!)
Teen Game Lounge at Johnson City Public Library
Tuesday – September 12th, 2017 at 6 pm
Get together for Game Night! Board Games, Video Games, or bring your own games! Ages 12 to 18.
Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount
September 11th and September 18th, 2017
You know we love Homeschool Days at Rocky Mount! Check out last years visit! T loved working with the blacksmith!
Warbirds at the TRI (Tri-Cities Airport)
Wonderful Service Opportunity – Rise Against Hunger!
Sorghum Making Festival at Tipton-Haynes
PBS American Experience Documentary – Tesla – The Birthplace of Country Music
Saturday – September 23rd, 2017 at 1 pm
During Museum Day Live! on September 23, 2017, we will offer a free film screening of the PBS documentary American Experience: Tesla at 1:00 pm in the museum’s Performance Theater.
Nikola Tesla has come to be seen by many as a tragic figure, a visionary engineer who died impoverished and largely forgotten, eclipsed by names such as Edison and Marconi. A tireless inventor who registered numerous patents and developed many working prototypes, Tesla would become most famous for his dazzling demonstrations of his innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, Tesla the strange wizard and made scientist overtook Tesla the brilliant engineer. That his ideas ricocheted from tangible inventions to projections of a future with head-spinning possibilities only partly explained his ultimate downfall. Yet it was his technology that helped drive the electrical age in the 20th century, and his vision that imagined the wireless world of today. American Experience: Tesla chronicles the life of a man whose ideas revolutionized his time, and ours.
This free film screening is companion programming for our current special exhibit Things Come Apart, which is on display through October 8, 2017.
Homeschool Day at Hands On Museum!
Monday – September 25th, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm
Join us for this special day just for our loyal home school visitors. Come together to network, explore, play, experience STEAM concepts, and get the latest scoop on workshops, outreach, and field trip opportunities! Eastman Discovery Lab and Art Studio programs will be announced throughout the event. In addition, our feature exhibit, Make It. Take It. will also be open for this event. Pre-registration is required to receive the discounted Home School Days rate of $6 per person for ages 3+, otherwise, tickets are $9 at the door. To make your reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 22nd.
Additional activities include: Tesla Experience Showadditional $2 per person ages 3+ (tickets available at the door)
Owl Pellet Dissection (11:00am & 1:00pm) additional $5 per person ages 3+ (pre-register by Thursday, September 14th)
Movie Night at Gray Fossil Site
Public Land’s Stewardship at Warrior’s Path
We all enjoy and benefit from our public lands. Here’s your chance to give a little back! We will be working on several park stewardship projects including exotic plant and shrub removal and trash pick up. A few hours of hard work will make YOUR State Park a healthier habitat for all of us! Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and sturdy close-toed shoes or boots. Bring along your work gloves and some drinking water. We’ll meet on Duck Island near the Recreation Building for orientation and paperwork.
*Similiar Public Lands Service Day at Roan Mountain. Click here for details.