Natural Bridge State Park Launches Winter Speaker Series


Natural Bridge State Park has planned a lineup of speakers for the 2018 winter season, according to education support specialist Matthew Jackson. All programs are free and will be presented at the NBSP visitor center interactive classroom downstairs, unless otherwise noted.

Speaking at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23 will be the Upper James Program manager for the Valley Conservation Council, Genevieve Goss, who will also share the film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” a full-length documentary about a man that some consider to be the most  influential American environmentalist of all time.

Goss will be followed at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 by Victoria Ferguson, manager of the Monacan exhibit at NBSP, who will define for the audience present-day issues plaguing Native Americans.

Marian McConnell, author and owner of Murder Hole Cave, will present a film of the same title at 7 p.m. March 13. Murder Hole Cave in Botetourt County is an infamous cave full of legends, a death, rescues and beauty. The video enables the viewer to see what it's like in the cave via video, drone footage, photographs and interviews. The video is 28 minutes long.

“Bridging History and Nature: The Forests, Farms, Families and Flags of Rockbridge County” will be the program at 1 p.m. March 17 presented by Eric Wilson, executive director of the Rockbridge Historical Society in association with the National Park Service.

Alphornist and music educator Monica Hambrick winds up the 2018 speaker series with an alphorn concert under the bridge at 2 p.m. March 25. This program meets under the bridge on the Cedar Creek Trail. An alphorn is a traditional horn used by mount dwellers in the Swiss, Bavarian, and French Alps, among other regions. 

Kicking off the series earlier this month was Dr. Michael Pelton, professor emeritus of wildlife science at the University of Tennessee, who delivered a program Jan. 9 about black bears of the Appalachians.

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