The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center opens for the season this weekend! We’re celebrating with a day full of free family activities, music, crafts, nature education, food and more. Event highlights include: Explore Park Treasure Hunt – Bring your family together on an exciting scavenger hunt as you solve puzzles and hunt down clues to win prizes. Outdoor Gear Retailers Expo – Ready to get started exploring? Several area vendors will be on hand to make sure you’re equipped with the latest and greatest gear. Nature Walks – Join local environmental advocates for guided trail walks throughout the day. Your tours include a bird walk from Roanoke Valley Bird Club at 9am, a tree tour at 10:30am and a forest ecosystem tour at 1pm with a Master Naturalist and a 3:20pm wildflower tour with the Blue Ridge Wildflower Society. Wild Animal Shows – Choose from two exciting wildlife presentations with a reptile show, and a presentation from the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center featuring an opossum, screech owl and red-tailed hawk.Horseback riding will also be featured at this event.