Annual Open House

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mountain Lake Biological Station will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, July 15 from 1:30 – 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 full list of activities will be posted here soon. 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 Road, Pembroke, VA (directions here)


Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1:30 - 5:00 PM


Contact the office: 540-626-7196, 


Scheduled Activities (subject to change)

2:00 – Nature Hike (guided by MLBS researchers)

Meet on Lewis Patio

3:00 – Nature Hike (guided by MLBS researchers)

Meet on Lewis Patio

3:45 – Reading of short excerpt from Paradise

Lewis Auditorium

             Science-based play by Laura Maria Censabella


4:00 – NEON Tower Tour  (NEON personnel)

Meet on Lewis Patio

             Part of a national network of observation sites that collect
             long-term data on soils, atmosphere, and living things


Meet Our Scientists & Organisms (ongoing)


Lewis 107


Lewis 109

Invasive Plants

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

Exploration & Crafts (ongoing)

Pond organism observation

Riopel Pond Beach

Insect safari (3:30-4:30)

Walton Pavilion Lawn

Nature arts and crafts

Walton Pavilion Lawn

Collections & History (ongoing)


Reptile, amphibian, and fish collections

Lewis Hall

Plant, bird, and insect collections

Lewis 201

Historical photographs & station timeline

Lewis Library

Art Studios & Galleries (ongoing)

Open Art Studios

Lewis 103 & 108

Site Piece

Moonshine Dell Trail

Art on Display

Lewis Library

Live Ceramics Demonstration

Walton Pavilion