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Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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April 2018

Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing and Folkways

Sat, Apr 7, 2018
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.

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Bogs, Bugs and Beavers Guided Walks

Sat, Apr 28, 2018
10:00 am
- 5:00 pm
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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May 2018

World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Sat, May 5, 2018
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
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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June 2018

National Get Outdoors Day (FREE event)

Sat, Jun 9, 2018
10:00 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jun 13, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jun 13, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jun 14, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Pink Beds BioBlitz

Sat, Jun 16, 2018
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. 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 of plants and animals. The…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jun 20, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jun 20, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jun 21, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Bug Day & National Pollinator Week Celebration

Sat, Jun 23, 2018
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
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. Schedule of events: Schedule of activities for 2018 is TBD. Lunch is available in the Café at the Cradle from 11:00am-3:00pm.

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jun 27, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jun 27, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jun 28, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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July 2018

Songcatchers Music Series

Sun, Jul 1, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

About The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 16th 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. Schedule 3:00pm    Local musicians are often on site at to jam before the concert 4:00pm· Concert begins with a warm-up.  After a short break the featured performer…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jul 4, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jul 4, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jul 5, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Winged Creatures of the Night Twilight Tour

Sat, Jul 7, 2018
7:30 pm
- 9:30 pm
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. Schedule: Event Details are TBD

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Songcatchers Music Series

Sun, Jul 8, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 16th 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. Featured Artists: TBD     More Event Info: ·      Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert ·      Concert begins with…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jul 11, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jul 12, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Songcatchers Music Series

Sun, Jul 15, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

About The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 16th 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. Featured Artist TBD   Schedule Details · Local musicians are often on site at 3:00 p.m. to jam before the concert · Concert begins with a warm-up at…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jul 18, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jul 19, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Train History Day

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
10:00 am
- 5:00 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

Come learn about the 1914 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…

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Songcatchers Music Series

Sun, Jul 22, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

About The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 16th 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. Schedule 3:00 p.m. · Local musicians are often on site to jam before the concert 4:00 p.m.· Concert begins with a warm-up. After a short break the featured…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Jul 25, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Jul 25, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thu, Jul 26, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Songcatchers Music Series

Sun, Jul 29, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:30 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

About The Songcatchers Music Series, now in its 16th 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. Schedule 3:00 p.m.·      Local musicians are often on site to jam before the concert 4:00 p.m.·      Concert begins with a warm-up. After a short break the…

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August 2018

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Wed, Aug 1, 2018
10:30 am
- 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until Wed, Aug 1, 2018

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!”     Program Info: Each Wednesday or Thursday an outdoor-oriented activity explores a different forest related theme. Wednesdays are perfect for parents who have multiple children old enough for Woodsy and Junior Forester. 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…

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Junior Forester Program

Wed, Aug 1, 2018
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 1, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

When Wednesdays, June 13- August 1; 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. Program Info 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…

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Smokey Bear’s 74th Birthday Party

Sat, Aug 4, 2018
11:00 am
- 1:00 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

Smokey Bear, the symbol of wildland fire prevention, turns 74 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…

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May the Forest Be With You

Sat, Aug 11, 2018
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

One of our newer events that celebrates forest resources use of past and present. Local artisans will be joining the Cradle in demonstrating Appalachian cultural and modern uses of forest products. Crafters will have their locally handmade items available for purchase. Presented By: Our 2017 sponsor was the Appalachian Woodlands Alliance: “Bringing Landowners, Forest Product Companies, Best Practices and Tools Together for the Health and Productivity of our Southeastern Forests.” http://www.appwoodlands.com/

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September 2018

National Public Lands Day

Sat, Sep 22, 2018
10:00 am
- 3:00 pm 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.

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October 2018

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

Sat, Oct 6, 2018
The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

The 2017 event was presented by:  With support by: Forest Festival Day: Meet traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers as they gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests and forest heritage. 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…

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Camping in the Old Style

Sat, Oct 13, 2018
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.…

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The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama

Fri, Oct 19, 2018
6:15 pm
- 10:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:15pm, repeating until Sat, Oct 20, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

Outdoor Drama Details: 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 19 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm Saturday, October 20 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm **NEW LAST YEAR: Due to the popularity of this event and to make sure that each show begins on…

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The Legend of Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama

Sat, Oct 20, 2018
6:15 pm
- 10:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:15pm, repeating until Sat, Oct 20, 2018

The Cradle of Forestry 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

Outdoor Drama Details: 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 19 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm Saturday, October 20 @6:30pm, 7:45pm, and 9:00pm **NEW LAST YEAR: Due to the popularity of this event and to make sure that each show begins on…

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November 2018

2018 Closing Day

Sun, Nov 11, 2018
9:00 am
- 5:00 pm
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 2018 season. Don’t miss out on your chance to visit one last time!

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