Field trip for Roanoke College Elderscholars

Yesterday DB Poli and I ran a field trip to Botetourt County for the Roanoke College Elderscholar Program. This focused on the geology and iron mining history of the Eagle Rock and Roaring Run areas, as well as the botany of these sites, some of which has been noticeably affected by the mining that took place there over 150 years ago. The trip ended with lunch and a wine tasting at Blue Ridge Vineyards, just east of Eagle Rock.

The liverwort Marchantia, growing with moss on a rock in the middle of Roaring Run.
Lunch and wine at Blue Ridge Vineyards.

If you’re over 55 and live in the Roanoke area, you may want to consider the Elderscholar program for activities such as this.

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