Cradle of Forestry Video Series
During this time of Covid-19 we are happy to offer children a way to connect to the Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest and the great outdoors. These short videos offer educational content to children, teachers and parents about local WNC history, nature, and science.
Visit FIND Outdoors YouTube channel for new videos each week!
What is the Cradle of Forestry? Watch “Forest Story” to learn more! This film originally played at the Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site for many years. It recounts the story behind America’s first school of forestry in the United States.
Science Themed Videos
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Eastern Box Turtles
Stephanie introduces us to the Eastern box turtle, exploring their habitat and life cycle.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: A Peek in the Pond
Stephanie and Clay explore the Cradle’s freshwater pond.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Medicinal Herbs
Stephanie and Clay learn that some plants have healing properties and explore the forest for medicinal herbs.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Sally Snag and the Animal Inn
Stephanie reads the story of Sally Snag and the Animal Inn and meets a few animals that live there.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: What is a BioBlitz?
Stephanie and Christy explain what a BioBlitz is, what you need to do one, and show you how to get started. You can bioblitz at the Cradle of Forestry or where ever you are outside exploring nature this year! Use the free iNaturalist app or the Seek app to take photos of living things and they can help ID what you find!
Social Studies Themed Videos
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: New vs Old Wash
Clay and Stephanie compare doing laundry today vs back in the late 1800s with no electricity. Clay learns that new technology has given him more time to explore the woods.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: The story of The Wampus Cat
Stephanie and Clay discuss forms of entertainment in the late 1800’s, including games, storytelling and music. Stephanie tells the spooky tale of the “Wampus Cat”, told by European settlers living in the Appalachian mountains at the time of the Biltmore Forest School.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Making Butter
Back in time Clay shows Stephanie how to make butter at home.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Making Fire
Watch as Clay demonstrates how to make a fire the old fashion way.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: How to Make Cordage
Watch as Clay demonstrates how to use the inner bark of a tulip poplar tree to make cordage or rope.
Cradle of Forestry Video Series: Leave No Trace principles
Stephanie shows us an easy way to remember the 7 leave no trace principles and how to recreate responsibly this summer.