Cradle of Forestry

The Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America

May 27-July 29: Nature Photography Exhibit

“Landscapes, Flora & Fauna of the Southern Appalachians”

A Nature Photography Exhibit by the Asheville Region of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (CNPA)

 

Visitors to the Cradle of Forestry in America Discovery Center will have a chance to browse this photography exhibit that celebrates nature’s wonders.

 

From the CNPA:

 

“The goal of the CNPA Asheville Region is to develop a community that celebrates the beauty of nature through photography and to promote an appreciation of nature within our region.

 

In pursuit of exquisite photographic images, CNPA photographers have amassed extensive knowledge of the Southern Appalachian region. Our members are constantly exploring new locations and new photographic techniques in an effort to capture the beauty of our area. This year’s theme, “Inspirations from the Forest,” derived from a Smithsonian Learning Guide with the same name and published almost ten years ago, exemplifies that goal.”

 

The mission of CNPA is to:

• Promote nature photography in the Carolinas

• Help conserve and preserve the diverse natural ecosystems in the Carolinas

• Educate others interested in photographing nature and wildlife.

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June 22–August 10 (Wednesdays Only): Cradle of Forestry’s Junior Forester Program

 

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Wednesdays June 22-August 10; 10:30am – 12:30pm.

 What do forester’s need to know? How to prepare for an outdoor trip, identifying trees and how they grow, using a compass and map, wildlife habitats, and more!

  • Designed for boys and girls ages 8-12
  • Combines learning new skills, discovery and reflection
  • Each youth receives a Junior Forester badge upon taking the “Conservation Pledge.”
  • Fee: $4.00/child/program. Accompanying adults admitted for half the entrance fee ($2.50).
  • Free for accompanying adults with season passes to the Cradle of Forestry, America the Beautiful Senior passes and Golden Age Passports.

 

Weekly Wednesday Themes:JFP_2016

 

Some light hiking may take place during these events, so the following items are recommended for children and accompanying adults to wear and/or bring:

  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes
  • Small backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Raincoat

 

Reservations are required! Please call (828) 877-3130 or stop by to sign up and save your spot!

 

General Information: The Cradle of Forestry Historic Site is located on Hwy 276 near Brevard, NC. The physical address (not a mailing address) is:

 

11250 Pisgah Hwy

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

 

Please note if a driving direction search recommends using N.C. 151, you may want to use an alternative route due to extremely steep inclines and sharp curves.

 

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May 28: Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 28: Bogs, Bugs and BeaverAmerican_Beavers

 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, their wetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they create.

  • Programs begin in the Forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers.
  • Total walking distance: 1.75 miles.
  • Program lasts 1.5 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Event Information: Check www.cradleofforestry.org or call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

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May 7: Garden Day

 

Saturday, May 7: Garden Daygardensbeans

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to learn about the Cradle’s gardens and lend a hand preparing them for the growing season. While working in the gardens visitors will hear from Cradle interpreters who will discuss goals, successes and challenges of the Cradle’s four garden areas focusing on topics that all gardeners can relate to in Western North Carolina.

 

The day’s schedule includes:

9:00-10:30: first plantings in the heritage garden along the Biltmore Campus Trail
11:00-12:30: cleaning up the Cradle’s National Wildlife Federation certified backyard wildlife habitat and pollinator garden.
1:00-3:00: Make Way for Monarchs indoor program on how to help imperiled monarch butterflies by Conservation Specialist Joyce Pearsall, followed by a visit to the Cradle’s Monarch Waystation.
3:30-4:30: Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow program focuses on the Cradle of Forestry’s efforts to convert lawn areas to meadow.

 

 

 

 

 

General Event Information: Check www.cradleofforestry.org or call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

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April 9: Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

Saturday, April 9:  Opening Day Celebration: Old time Plowing and Folkways                         Copy of plowing garden     

  • Step back to the days of the Biltmore Forest School.
  • Meet David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses.
  • Weather permitting, watch the horses plow the Cradle’s vegetable garden.
  • Try plowing the old way yourself!
  • Visit with living history volunteers as they bring traditional Blue Ridge culture to life.

 

 

 

 

 

General Event Information: Check www.cradleofforestry.org or call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

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September 18: Bring Back the Monarchs!

 

                                  

Sunday, September 18: Bring Back the Monarchs!                                     monarch

Learn about monarch butterflies and how you can help them survive.

  • 2:00: Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist Joyce Pearsall presents a program on monarch butterflies: a mix of monarch biology, a little math, a little geography and a little culture, too.
  • Joyce will have free milkweed seed packets available.
  • Look for migrating monarchs in the Cradle’s lawn-to-meadow conversion areas.
  • 3:30: tour the Cradle’s Monarch Waystation as Joyce explains how you can make a difference for monarchs in your yard.
  • There will be time for questions before the Cradle site closes at 5:00 p.m.

 

About the Presenter, Joyce Pearsall:

Joyce has been working with monarch butterflies and habitat restoration since 2004. She is a volunteer Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch, a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its fall migration. She also volunteers with the USDA Forest Service.

Joyce is a retired Registered Nurse, a Master Gardener, and a USDA Forest Service volunteer. She has lived in Brevard since 2003. Her numerous other habitat restoration and Monarch Waystation creations in the area include the  Pisgah Ranger Station,  Sycamore Flats, Transylvania Heritage Museum, and DuPont State Recreational Forest.

 

Since the monarchs have lost habitat the size of Texas for a multitude of reasons, even planting just a few milkweed plants in your garden is a help. There are several reports just from Brevard of good outcomes with two plants. Joyce will help you get started on September 20 at the Cradle of Forestry.

 

 

General Event Information: Check www.cradleofforestry.org or call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

 

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April 30: International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Saturday, April 30: International Migratory Bird Day Celebration   

 

 


The spring forests and fields are alive with song as migratory birds arrive from their tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our mountains. Join the Cradle of Forestry in honoring this amazing annual phenomenon of nature.

 

Activities for the day include:
  • A morning of birding begins at 8:30 with naturalist Vicky Burke. Look and listen for birds by the Forest Discovery Center and along paved, wheelchair accessible trails. Identify species present and learn about bird characteristics and habitat preferences along the way. Appropriate for beginning and intermediate birders.
  • On-going from 1:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Experience the incredible journeys birds make by playing Migration: Risky Business. Will you survive? Learn how we can do our part for bird conservation.

 

  • 3:00 p.m. – Enjoy a live bird program with Carlton Burke of Carolina Mountain Naturalists.

A variety of migratory birds rest and feed at the Cradle of Forestry on their way to breeding grounds further north. Others stay to nest and raise their young. Here birders often see and hear black-throated blue warblers, hooded warblers, black and white warblers, northern parulas and blue headed vireos. Occasionally, a bright Blackburnian warbler or scarlet tanager can be spotted.

 

Started in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day is an educational program that highlights and celebrates bird migration, an important and spectacular event in the Americas. Almost 350 bird species journey from non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America, while resting and feeding along the way. The USDA Forest Service is a sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Event Information: Check www.cradleofforestry.org or call (828) 877-3130 for details and updates.  Event times are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Event admission (unless noted) is $5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. What’s included: everything the site has to offer that day, including historic buildings, indoor and outdoor exhibits, trail tours when available, and over 3 miles of paved trails fit for wheelchairs and strollers that put the forest at one’s fingertips.

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June 9- August 11 (Thursdays Only): Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

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10:30 a.m. – noon & 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Thursdays from June 9 to August 11, 2016.      

 

Woodsy Owl is the USDA Forest Service’s conservation symbol whose motto is “Lend a hand, care for the land!”

  • Each day an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme.
  • Designed to engage 4-7 year olds in the natural world around them.
  • Blends investigation and creativity.
  • Each child leaves with the colorful book, Woodsy’s ABCs, a Woodsy pin and a craft they create; repeat children receive other Woodsy gifts.
  • Fee: $4.00/child/program. Accompanying adults admitted for half the entrance fee ($2.50).
  • Free for accompanying adults with season passes to the Cradle of Forestry, America the Beautiful Senior passes and Golden Age Passports.
  • Reservations are required: call (828)877-3130 to sign up for one or more programs.

 

 

Weekly Thursday Themes for 2016: WOCC_2016

 

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June 11: National Get Outdoors Day (Free Event)

 

Saturday, June 11: National Get Outdoors Day          Hands on Archery Lesson

The Cradle of Forestry in America will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with outdoor skills demonstrations, activities and crafts. Admission to the site and all activities are free. 
 
The USDA Forest Service is a National Get Outdoors Day partner. The campaign encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public lands. The Forest Service has an ongoing commitment to engage children with nature through various programs in support of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Outside campaign.
 
In this spirit, a variety of activities on June 11 will showcase outdoor adventure, camp and trail skills in the Cradle of Forestry’s scenic setting. Activities include:
 
·         Compass practice and map reading
·         Demonstration of primitive fire making
·         Guided trail walks
·         Plant identification
·         Nature oriented games and crafts.

 

Schedule is TBA

 

General Information: For more information or to check for any updates, call (828)877-3130. The Cradle of Forestry Historic Site is located on Hwy 276 near Brevard, NC. The physical address (not a mailing address) is:

 

11250 Pisgah Hwy

Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

 

Please note if a driving direction search recommends using N.C. 151, you may want to use an alternative route due to extremely steep inclines and sharp curves.

 

 

 

 

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June 18: Firefly Twilight Tour

Saturday, June 18: Firefly Twilight Tour      firefly                                               

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the magical evening forest and learn about the natural history of fascinating fireflies.

● This wheelchair accessible program beings in the Cradle of Forestry’s amphitheater by the Forest Festival Trail with a talk interpreting fireflies’ life cycle and unique features, and a craft for children.

● Look for fireflies and explore the surrounding forest and fields along the Forest Festival Trail.

● Please bring along a flashlight and your sense of wonder.

  • $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth, America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passport holders

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412.

 

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