Explore-Inspire-Create: FREE Spectacular Saturday at the Taubman Museum of Art

Whether you hike on your own or join a guided hike for Family Hiking Day, bring the inspiration of the A.T. to the Taubman Museum of Art on September 24! Check back here for updates coming soon on the specific events of the day. Here’s some background on Explore-Inspire-Create:

A diverse partnership is bringing the Roanoke Valley a unique opportunity to celebrate the National Parks that surround our valley on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Taubman Museum of Art, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club, Carilion Clinic, Roanoke City Parks & Recreation, the Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are proud to announce Explore-Inspire-Create, an opportunity for everyone to bring the inspiration of the outdoors into their own creative space. 

Throughout the month of September, there will be guided and self-guided hiking opportunities for families of all ages and skill levels. Near the end of the month, The Taubman Museum of Art will be hosting a week of nature-themed hands-on art activities at their innovative exploratory gallery Art-Venture. These activities will allow children and families to express their hiking experience through a variety of art medium. 

This month-long celebration culminates on September 24th with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s annual Family Hiking Day. Family Hiking Day is an opportunity to introduce families to America’s premier footpath, and all of the benefits that come from being active and spending time outdoors. There will be a number of hikes throughout the Roanoke Region both on the Appalachian Trail as well as on Mill Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

This celebration will be followed by the unveiling of a painting dedicated to one of the Roanoke Valley’s most iconic National Parks, the Appalachian Trail. Louise Phillips, the artist behind the work will welcome children from around the valley to join her in a creative session focused on the inspiration of the outdoors. 

This opportunity is free and open to all. For more information, please contact Molly Hagan at mhagan@appalachiantrail.org