Annual Open House, July 21 2-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Mountain Lake Biological Station will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, July 21 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.  This family-friendly event is a unique opportunity to meet MLBS biologists, explore historic facilities and hiking trails, learn first-hand about Station research, and understand how this research advances science and benefits the natural world.  Come experience open labs, exhibits, hands-on activities, tours of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) tower site, nature walks led by MLBS researchers, arts and crafts, open art studios, and more!

MLBS is a diverse community of scientists, instructors, research interns, students, and artists from around the world who conduct research, take field-based courses, and create art on top of beautiful Salt Pond Mountain. The biological station is adjoined by the Jefferson National Forest, the Mountain Lake Wilderness, and the Mountain Lake Lodge and Conservancy.

 A list of activities (subject to change) is below. Updates will also be posted on the Facebook event page. Join us for an afternoon of fun and learning in nature’s classroom!

*Please note that NO PETS are allowed at the station, and dogs may not be left in vehicles.*  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!


Mountain Lake Biological Station, 240 Salt Pond Rd, Pembroke, VA (directions here)


Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM


Contact the office: 540-626-7196, 


(subject to change)

  Scheduled Activities

Nature Hikes:

Short, easy hikes led by researchers who are familiar with
MLBS’s flora, fauna, and research projects

                                                              Depart at 2:30, 3:15, 4:00 from Lewis Patio       

NEON Tower Tours:

       NEON maintains a national network of observation sites to
      collect long-term data on soils, atmosphere, and living things

                                                                 Depart at 2:45 and 3:45 from Lewis Patio


 Meet Our Scientists & Organisms 

Social amoeba

Lewis 103


Lewis 107

Stream ecology

Lewis 109

Collections – curating and preparing specimens

Lewis 201

Plants / Pollination

Lewis 202


Lewis 203

Ants & seed dispersal

Lewis 204

Mice & disease transmission

Lewis 209

Forked fungus beetles

Lewis 211

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Lewis Foyer

Wildlife – camera traps, field methods, specimens

Lewis Auditorium

Exploration & Crafts

Exploring Riopel Pond’s inhabitants

Riopel Pond Beach

Observing organisms under microscopes

Walton Pavilion

Nature crafts and face painting

Walton Pavilion Lawn

Collections & History

Preserved animal and plant specimens

Lewis 201

Historical photographs and scientific instruments

Lewis Library


Open Art Studio

Lewis 108