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Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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April 2017

Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

Sat, Apr 8, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth and pass holders.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Step back to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet David and Diane Burnette and their Percheron draft horses. Read More » View Details »

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Sat, Apr 29, 2017
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The spring forests and fields are alive with song as migratory birds arrive from their tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our mountains. Read More » View Details »
May 2017

Garden Day

Sat, May 6, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Farming and gardening is a rich part of our North Carolina heritage that has seen many changes in practices since the time of the Cherokees. National Wildlife Federation “Backyard Habitat” Native wildflowers, small shrubs and a tadpole pond are included in this small habitat. Taking care of this area on Garden Day involves removing any large fallen limbs, invasive, and non-native plants. Take a peek at the pond and see if you can spot our resident green frog! Certifying your… Read More » View Details »

Pink Beds BioBlitz

Sat, May 20, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

FREE for all ages.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
  Download the BioBlitz Registration Form here and return by May 8th.  What is a BioBlitz? An event dedicated toward applying citizen science in order to identify as many species of flora and fauna in a designated amount of time in a defined area. The Pink Beds valley near Asheville, N.C. is part of the Cradle’s 6,500-acre property and home to a diverse set of niches. The Pink Beds BioBlitz promotes outdoor educational opportunities for western North Carolina schools and the public… Read More » View Details »

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Sat, May 27, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, their wetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they create. Read More » View Details »

Butterfly Bonanza

Mon, May 29, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Honored passes include America the Beautiful, Golden Age passports and Every Kid in a Park

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
What do butterflies and books have in common? Author Rita Venable will be at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center signing her book “Butterflies of Tennessee” and sharing her knowledge. A celebration of these fluttering pollinators this day will be all about butterflies!  “I have written a number of technical books and I immediately appreciated the research, design, clarity, presentation, completeness and wonderful photographs in ‘Butterflies Of Tennessee.”   -G. Smith, writer Schedule of Activities:  10:00am- Book signing 1:00pm- Butterfly walk with Rita   Description of… Read More » View Details »
June 2017

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 7, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jun 8, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

National Get Outdoors Day (FREE event)

Sat, Jun 10, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

FREE

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Cradle of Forestry celebrates National Get Outdoors Day. Begun in 2008 by the USDA Forest Service, this event supports Americans in seeking out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles. The day includes skills teaching and demonstrations by western North Carolina’s outdoor recreation community. If you are visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains, add GO Day to your list of things to do. Admission to the site is free on this national event day. National Get Outdoors Day: GO Day spurred from “Every Kid in the Woods” which supports children and… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 14, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jun 15, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Firefly Twilight Tour

Sat, Jun 17, 2017
7:00 am
- 10:00 pm

$6.00 ages 16+, $3.00 ages 5-15 and for America the Beautiful or Golden Age passport holders, FREE ages 4 and under

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Allow twilight in the summer forest to surround you in sights and sounds as darkness falls upon the Cradle of Forestry. Enjoy the charming evening forest of the NC mountains as we guide you through the world of fireflies. Fireflies: The natural mystery of a firefly’s glow has filled cultures with legends and myths. Today science looks into the chemistry of that glow for answers to diseases and energy. The life cycle and variations of these beetles is as interesting. Beyond the peaceful, soft glows… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jun 22, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Bug Day & National Pollinator Week Celebration

Sat, Jun 24, 2017
10:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Cradle of Forestry invites the curious of all ages to learn about insects and other arthropods. This event will be held in and around the Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry and commemorates National Pollinator Week. Learn about the Cradle of Forestry’s efforts to convert lawn areas to meadow habitat for native plants and their pollinators, and how you can do the same. Learn about monarch butterflies, their migration, and how you can help their survival. See… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 28, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jun 29, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »
July 2017

Songcatchers Music Series: TBD

Sun, Jul 2, 2017
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

$6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor. ·      Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert ·      Concert begins with a… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jul 5, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jul 6, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Winged Creatures of the Night Twilight Tour

Sat, Jul 8, 2017
7:30 pm
- 9:30 pm

$6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Moths, bats, owls- these are just some animals active at night when many of us are settled in our shelters. Enjoy the Cradle of Forestry during a magical time and learn about natural nightlife. Program begins with a talk in the Cradle’s outdoor amphitheater. Wheelchair accessible program and facility Children can make a night creature craft to take home. A stroll on the paved Forest Festival Trail in search of winged night creatures follows the talk Admission: $6.00 for ages… Read More » View Details »

Songcatchers Music Series: TBD

Sun, Jul 9, 2017
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

$6 for adults, $3 for youth under 15, Golden Age Passports, and America the Beautiful passes

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor. · Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert · Concert begins with a warm-up at… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jul 12, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jul 13, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Songcatchers Music Series: TBD

Sun, Jul 16, 2017
8:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$6.00 for adults; $3 for youth under 15, Golden Age passports and America the Beautiful passes

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor. · Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert · Concert begins with a warm-up at… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jul 19, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jul 20, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Train History Day

Sat, Jul 22, 2017
10:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 ages 16+, FREE for those under 15 and for America the Beautiful, Golden Age Passport, or Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass holders.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Come learn about the 1915 Climax logging locomotive on display at the Cradle of Forestry and how it and other old logging trains wound their way through the forest coves of western North Carolina. Click and move mouse  on image below to see a 360 degree image of the train site.  Schedule: 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.: See old photographs during a talk by Western North Carolina train historian Jerry Ledford on local logging history. What is included: Visit the Cradle’s… Read More » View Details »

Songcatchers Music Series: TBD

Sun, Jul 23, 2017
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

$6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor.   · Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert · Concert begins with a warm-up… Read More » View Details »

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jul 26, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Jul 27, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Songcatchers Music Series: TBD

Sun, Jul 30, 2017
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm

$6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 15th year, showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others. The Songcatchers Music series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s Blue Ridge Music Trail. Morrow Insurance Agency is this year’s sponsor. ·      Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert ·      Concert begins with a… Read More » View Details »
August 2017

Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Aug 2, 2017
10:30 am
- 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, Aug 2, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Wednesdays, June 7- August 2; 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… Read More » View Details »

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club (Thursdays, June thru August)

Thu, Aug 3, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thu, Aug 3, 2017

$4.00 per program per child, $2.50 for accompanying adults

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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… Read More » View Details »

Smokey Bear’s 73rd Birthday Party

Sat, Aug 5, 2017
11:00 am
- 1:00 pm

$6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under, America the Beautiful pass holders, and Golden Age Passport holders.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Smokey Bear, the symbol of wildland fire prevention, turns 73 this year. The Cradle of Forestry hosts this special bear’s birthday party each year. Smokey will help cut his birthday cake then meet and greet with his friends during the celebration. Party Details: Party time is from  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Afterward a live animal program follows the party behind the Forest Discovery Center.  During the party there are activities and games, such as firefighting equipment, Smokey Bingo, pin the pail on the… Read More » View Details »

May the Forest Be With You

Sat, Aug 12, 2017
8:00 am
- 5:00 pm

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
tree with roots
One of our newer events that celebrates forest resources used today. Local artisans will be joining the Cradle in demonstrating Appalachian cultural and modern uses of forest products. Many Blue Ridge Mountain artisans are continuing traditional skills deeply seeded in our North Carolina heritage. Hear the melodies from wooden instruments and visit with these skilled craftsmen and women in woodworking, wood burning, soap making, corn husk dolls and more!  Read More » View Details »
September 2017

Bring Back the Monarchs

Sun, Sep 17, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Migratory monarch butterflies are heading south this time of year. You can learn how to help them survive through their big journey. Event times TBD Event Details: This afternoon program begins with an inside presentation by conservation specialist, Joyce Pearsall. Joyce has several years of experience in monitoring monarch larvae and educating the public. Learn milkweed growing tips and natural predators of monarch caterpillars. The program continues with a walk through the Cradle’s lawn-to-meadow conversion areas. In some years this program aligns… Read More » View Details »

Afternoon Tea with LLamas

Sat, Sep 23, 2017
10:30 am
- 4:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Meet these fascinating pack animals, each with their own “personality.” Presented by Challenge Adventures. Learn about the special adaptations llamas have for the trail. Take turns leading a llama on a 2 mile trail walk. Llamas carry your lunch & snacks. Ice tea will be provided. Read More » View Details »

National Public Lands Day

Sat, Sep 30, 2017

FREE ADMISSION

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Guided walks, gardening for biodiversity and service projects celebrate our national forests, conservation and the outdoors. Admission is free on this special day. Read More » View Details »
October 2017

Forest Festival Day- John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet

Sat, Oct 7, 2017

$6 ages 16+, $3 ages 5-15, FREE ages 4 and under

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage. Forest Festival Day: In 1908 Dr. Carl A. Schenck hosted the Forest Fair at the Biltmore Estate. This event honored the 10th year of the Biltmore Forest School, America’s first school of forestry. Over 400 people were invited to this celebration of the beginnings of American forestry. Today we commemorate Schenck’s Forest Fair along the 1-mile Forest Festival Trail… Read More » View Details »

Camping in the Old Style

Sat, Oct 14, 2017

General Admission Applies

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
Visit with the Acorn Patrol, a small group of classic campers in a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s.  At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. Camping in the Old Style Details: The Acorn Patrol demonstrates early methods of camping at the turn of the 20th century. See bushcraft techniques of the NC mountains such as fire by flint, steel, and friction, and old style campfire cookery.… Read More » View Details »

The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama

Fri, Oct 20, 2017 - Sat, Oct 21, 2017

$6.00 ages 16+, $3.00 ages 5-15 and for America the Beautiful or Golden Age passport holders, FREE ages 4 and under

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
A mystery over time becomes a legend, and a legend grows in the telling . . . It was Halloween night 1906 in the Blue Ridge mountains when one of the students from the Biltmore Forest School disappeared. His name was Tommy Hodges. Show Times: Friday, October 20 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm Saturday, October 21@6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm Outdoor Drama Details: Outdoor drama along a paved, wheelchair accessible one-mile Biltmore Campus Trail. New storyline written each year. Audience walks the trail from… Read More » View Details »
November 2017

2017 Closing Day

Sun, Nov 5, 2017
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm

$5.00 ages 16+, FREE for those under 15 and for America the Beautiful, Golden Age Passport, or Friends of the Cradle Annual Pass holders.

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
This will be the last day the Cradle of Forestry in America is open for the 2016 season. Don’t miss out on your chance to visit one last time! Read More » View Details »
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