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April 2017

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.

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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…

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Pink Beds BioBlitz- FREE!

Sat, May 20, 2017
6:30 am
- 10:00 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 13th. This event is FREE for participants. Regular admissions fees apply to non-participating guests. What is a BioBlitz? A celebration of biodiversity! This event is dedicated to identifying as many species of flora and fauna in a designated amount of time in a defined area. It’s up to you on what we find. The Pink Beds valley near Asheville, N.C. is part of the Cradle’s 6,500-acre property and home to many species…

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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.

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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…

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June 2017

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=att338zi4xw National Get Outdoors Day: GO Day spurred from “Every Kid in the Woods” which supports children…

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Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 14, 2017
10:30 am
- Wed, Aug 9, 2017
12:30 pm
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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 14- 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…

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

Thu, Jun 15, 2017
10:30 am
- 3:00 pm
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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…

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Firefly Twilight Tour

Sat, Jun 17, 2017
7:00 pm
- 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…

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Junior Forester Program (Wednesdays, June thru August)

Wed, Jun 21, 2017
10:30 am
- Wed, Aug 16, 2017
12:30 pm
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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 14- 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…

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