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February 2018

2018 Winter Tree ID Hike

February 24 @ 10:00 am

Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2018 Time:  Starting at 10:00 am Difficulty:  Moderate (5-6) Cost: This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Where: Montreat Wilderness Don’t let the cold get you down--come out hiking with us and use the cool weather as a chance to learn new things! Have you ever wondered how to identify trees when there are no leaves? Join us for an educational hike to explore ways to identify trees in winter — such as examining bark patterns,…

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March 2018

2018 Full Worm Moon Hike

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sandy Mush, NC

Date: Thursday, March 1 Time:  Starting at 5:30pm Difficulty:  Moderate (5-6) Cost: This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Where: Bee Branch Farm Come celebrate the Full Worm Moon! The full moon in March is called Worm Moon, because the ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear. The softer ground also allows plant life to begin emerging from its winter slumber.    Please join the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a beautiful hike on the Bee Branch Farm in the Sandy Mush Township of…

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2018 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States

Date: Thursday March 8, 2018 Time: 2:00-5:00 Location: SAHC Community Farm Cost: FREE for all participants Join Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy for a Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop.  Based on the outdoor ethics of Leave No Trace Inc. (LNT), participants will learn the 7 LNT principles that help reduce impact while spending time outside.  During this three hour interactive workshop taught by two LNT Master Educators, we will cover the Appalachian-specific principles and explore ways to implement them in local explorations. We will engage…

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March Wildflower Wednesday

March 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, March 28 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:  Laurel Ridge, Black Mountain, NC Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members This Wednesday's hike will take place on Laurel Ridge where SAHC has protected over 500 acres of land. This hike will be about 4 miles with some steep sections of trail.  March is early in the spring season, so the amount of flowers is dependent on the weather.  We will ascend through Southern and Central Appalachian Oak Forests and…

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April 2018

April Wildflower Wednesday

April 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, April 25 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:  Sandy Mush Farming Community Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and Earth Month Volunteers, $10 for non-members/non-volunteers. This outing is part of WNC for the Planet,  A group of environmental nonprofits working together to better our Appalachian region.  To celebrate Earth Month there will be an optional hour of fun volunteer work pulling garlic mustard on this outing.  If you decide to stay and volunteer there will be no cost to the…

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May 2018

May Wildflower Wednesday

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, May 30 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:   Prices Creek Preserve near Burnsville, NC Cost:  This hike is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-members Enjoy a wildflower memorial hike to honor our friend Bill Popper and his dedication to preserving the 573-acre property he loved.  The hike will take us through a primarily Northern Hardwood Forest ecosystem. Once we get off the gravel road, we will cross into the property and hop onto an old logging road and head towards a nice spot along the creek to…

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June 2018

June Wildflower Wednesday

June 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Date:  Wednesday, June 30 Time:   11:00-3:00pm Location:   Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area Cost:  FREE for all participants. Registration is required. On the final wildflower hike we will head to the 693-acre Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area that is jointly managed by the state and SAHC! This area is known for its incredible biological diversity of plant and animal life. So far, 225 native plant species have been documented in the cove, as well as 78 bird species, including the golden-winged warbler. We will…

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