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January 2020

2020 Winter Bird Walk

January 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, 1020 US-25
Asheville, NC 28804
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FREE

 Date: Sunday, January 19th Time: 9:00am - 10:30am Location: Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary Difficulty: Very Easy (0.4 mile Boardwalk) Cost: This event is FREE but Pre-Registration is required! Have you ever been curious about the ever elusive birds you hear chirping in the morning or flying overhead as you walk along the sidewalk? What bird is it? What does it look like? How does it sound? All of these questions and more can be answered during our Winter Bird Walk at Beaver…

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2020 Snowflake Hike

January 25
Carvers Gap, Carvers Gap
Fork Mountain-Little Rock Creek, NC 28705 United States
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FREE

Date: Saturday, January 25th Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM Location: Carvers Gap Difficulty: Moderate (5-6) with an elevation gain of 650' and snow Distance: 4~ miles out and back Cost: FREE but Pre-Registration is Required! In 1885, a self educated farmer Wilson A. Bently attached a microscope to his bellows camera and became the first person to photograph a snowflake. After photographing over 5000 snowflakes, he found that no two snowflakes are alike and come in all sorts of shapes and…

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February 2020

2020 Community Farm Tour

February 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
SAHC Community Farm, 180 Mag Sluder Road
Alexander, NC 28701 United States
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$10

Date: Saturday, February 15th Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: SAHC's Community Farm Discovery Trail Difficulty: Moderate (4-5) Distance: 1.5 mile loop Cost: Free for Members and $10 for Non-Members. Pre-Registration is required! Despite modern technology, food security and sustainable agriculture is still a problem for many individuals around the world. Dip through our Discovery Trail with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy's very own Community Farm Manager, Chris Link, in a discussion about food, our mission for our Community Farm, and our…

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June 2020

June Jamboree 2020 – Highlands of Roan Driving Tour

June 15 - June 20
Free
Roan Scenic mountain and flower view

Highlands of Roan Driving Tour with Soundtrack (or  Virtual Option) Take a driving tour through SAHC’s flagship region and learn about some of our conservation successes. Don’t want to drive it yourself? You can log in for a virtual tour through Google Tours. We’ve set up an enjoyable route highlighting points of interest, open markets and restaurants, hiking trails and more. Soundtrack included. This year, our June Jamboree celebration looks quite different than it has in previous years – it’s…

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June Jamboree 2020 – Farm Heritage Tour

June 15 - June 20
Free
Sandy Mush farmland view

Farm Heritage Driving/Biking Tour with Soundtrack (or Virtual Option) Enjoy a driving/biking tour through some of our local farming communities where SAHC has protected important farmland. Learn about new and innovative ideas in sustainable agriculture right from your home, your car, or your bike. Soundtrack included. Music by SAHC AmeriCorps and friends – Shaylyn Sargent, Emma Rast, Travis Bordley, and Lillian Chase This year, our June Jamboree celebration looks quite different than it has in previous years – it’s going…

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June Jamboree 2020 – Gray’s Lily Leafspot Disease Update

June 15 - June 20
Free
Gray's Lily with AT and mountain view

Gray’s Lily Leafspot Disease Update with Biomedical Scientist, Cindy Barrett The Roan’s ecosystem is one of the richest repositories of biodiversity on earth, including the rare and endangered Gray’s lily. Only found on the highest elevations of TN, NC and VA, these incredible blooms bring delight to those who find them during the early summer months. However, the health of the Gray’s lily is being threatened by a serious fungal pathogen – the Lily Leaf Spot Disease. Join Cindy on…

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June Jamboree 2020 – Movement in Nature

June 15 - June 20
Free

A Mindful, Meditative Nature Tour with Yoga Instructor & SAHC Director of Nature Experiences, Lauren McTigue We know how good being in nature can make us feel. The sounds and scents of the forest, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly. Being in nature can restore our mood, boost creativity, give us back…

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June Jamboree 2020 – Night Sky Adventure

June 15 - June 20
Free
Bernie Arghiere

Night Sky Adventure with Astronomer and Conservationist, Bernie Arghiere The modern light of innovation has lit many of our streets, cities, and homes, but in the process our vision of the heavens has been hindered. Local astronomer and conservationist Bernie Arghiere will open a gap through the haze and show us what’s going on beyond our pale blue dot. From the comfort of your couch, learn about comets, planets, the summer solstice, and astronomical events. Seize the opportunity to take…

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June Jamboree 2020 – Botanical Exploration

June 15 - June 20
Free
Gray Kauffman

Botanical Exploration with Renowned Botanist & Plant Ecologist, Gary Kauffman and SAHC Highlands of Roan Stewardship Director, Marquette Crockett Join Gary and Marquette on a guided virtual tour exploring one of SAHC’s newly protected nature preserves and surrounding National Forests. Virtually participate as they discover and identify unique plant species and ecosystems. Gary Kauffman in a long time SAHC member (since 1988). He works with the National Forest in NC managing botany programs across 1.1 million acres across 4 NC…

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Virtual June Jam Conservation Celebration

June 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Virtual June Jam Conservation Celebration – Live on Zoom Thursday, June 18, 5:00 – 6:00pm Join us for a Celebration of Conservation with live music and storytelling. We will be announcing the 2020 Stan Murray Volunteer of the Year  and recognizing our Board of Trustees leaders. This will be an interactive Zoom party you won’t want to miss. Pull out your instruments and join in the fun! RSVP to pauline@appalachian.org to get Zoom details. This year, our June Jamboree celebration…

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