Wednesdays, June 14- August 2; 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Junior Foresters are invited to any number of the themed weeks. The program is designed for boys and girls ages 8-12. Please register ahead of time by calling 828-877-3130.
Forestry goes beyond studying trees and there are forest scientists who study just about everything between plants and animals. Junior Foresters will explore what a scientist needs to know when studying insects, reptiles, or water quality, and the skills they need to have such as orienteering or map reading.
This year’s themes are inspired by Natural Inquirer, who offers free materials for educators and children in English and Spanish.
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 Friends of the Cradle pass, America the Beautiful Senior passes and Golden Age Passports.
June 14 Scientists of the Forest: Entomologist– Learn more about what an entomologist studies, insects! Children will learn more about local beneficial and harmful insects that can be found in the forest.
June 21 Scientists of the Forest: Research Forester– Children will investigate how trees live and grow, and how they help people and animals.
June 28 Scientists of the Forest: Meteorologist– Children will learn how weather and climate can help design good forestry practices.
July 5 Scientists of the Forest: Geospatial Analyst– Children will learn more about Pisgah’s geography and map the forest environment.
July 12 Scientists of the Forest: Hydrologist– Children will study water quality and its effects on local species populations as well as how water cycles through the forest ecosystem.
July 19 Scientists of the Forest: Herpetologist– Children will study local reptiles and amphibians with in the forest ecosystem.
July 26 Scientists of the Forest: Archeologist– Children will learn more about how people utilized and thrived in the forest before our modern technology.
August 2 Scientists of the Forest: Wildlife Biologist– Children will learn some of the techniques wildlife biologists use to study wildlife and their habitat.
August 9 Scientists of the Forest: Social Scientist– Children will take a look some of the ways forestry meets the needs of local people and the environment.
What to Bring
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
- Water bottle
Reservations are required! Please call (828)877-3130 or stop by to sign up and save your spot!