Annual Open House: July 8, 2-5pm

Thursday, June 15, 2023

MLBS is excited to announce the return of our annual Open House on Saturday, July 8 from 2-5pm! This family-friendly event is a unique opportunity to meet MLBS biologists and artists, explore our historic facilities, learn first-hand about Station research, and enjoy the outdoors. Come experience open labs, exhibits, hands-on activities, nature walks, arts and crafts, open art studios, and more! MLBS is a diverse community of researchers, students, artists, and others from around the world who live, learn, study, and create atop beautiful Salt Pond Mountain. We hope you'll join us for an afternoon of fun and learning in nature’s classroom! 

A program of activities is below. We invite you to RSVP on the Facebook Event Page as updates may be posted there as well. 

Important notes: 

**NO PETS are allowed at the station, and dogs may not be left in vehicles.**

**Carpooling is strongly encouraged.** Parking is limited.

Where & When

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

Saturday, July 8, 2023 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM

Program of Activities (subject to change)

Scheduled Events


NEON Tower Site Tours (40 min guided tour of NEON “flux tower” site)

2:10, 3:10, 4:10 - depart from Lewis Patio

Nature Hikes (30 min guided trail walk)

2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00 – depart from Lewis Patio

Winds of Peters Mountain (10 min video investigating the local sound phenomenon)

2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30 – Lewis Auditorium

Continuous Activities & Features

Lewis Hall

ArtLab Open Studios & Art Displays

107, 108

Biology of Fishes


National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)


A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss: An Experimental Documentary


Salamanders of MLBS: Journey Through a Dichotomous Key


Forked Fungus Beetles


Wood Roaches


Snakes & Salamanders


Fly Poison & Friends




Plants & Their Friends & Foes


The Mother (felted figure of a woman)



Wilbur Lab

Pottery demonstration, ceramics, and paintings


Fungus Farm – Growing fungi for forked fungus beetle


Stream Team – Artificial stream with live crayfish & critters


Walton Pavilion & Riopel Pond

Pond Creature Feature

Riopel Pond Beach

Up Close & Personal - Organisms under the microscope

Walton Pavilion

Invaders of the Botanical Kind - Invasive plants

Walton Pavilion

Nature Crafts & Facepainting

Walton Pavilion Lawn