The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center offers families art, carpentry,
and nature activities in an outdoor setting at Darden Towe Park. The
Center is open 10-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sundays. Admission is $3
per person. In addition to special activities, there are tours of the
replicas of the historic boats that Lewis and Clark took up the
Missouri. Children must be accompanied by a parent. For more
information, please call 434-979-2425.
Saturday, July 2: Volunteer First Saturday, free admission for
volunteers 9 to 11 am. We’re going to be working on the keelboat, and
doing trail maintenance. Come swab the deck! After 11, there will be
Fourth of July printmaking, and a Red, White and Blue scavenger hunt.
From 1-3:30 there will be tours of the Red Pirogue, our newest boat.
Sunday, July 3: Printmaking and bookbinding for kids with artist Rachel Singel
July 9/10: Come learn about the plants that Lewis and Clark would
have used on their expedition, and make pressings out of dandelions
and other common flowers. We’re also constructing model boats. On Sunday,
Rachel Singel will teach bookbinding for children. Visitors can take
home their own handmade books.
July 16/17: We’ll make more model boats and we’ll do weather
experiments from the keelboat. Sunday will be the last session to
learn bookmaking with Rachel Singel.
July 23/24: Come earn your carpentry badge at the Center, and also
have fun with clay.
July 30/31: Carpentry Corner has the return of Nail Art... string,
nails, and wood combine to make bridges, designs, and maps from your