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June 2020

June Jamboree 2020 – Gray’s Lily Leafspot Disease Update

June 15, 2020 - June 20, 2020
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, 2020 - June 20, 2020
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, 2020 - June 20, 2020
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, 2020 - June 20, 2020
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, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

SAHC Virtual Lunch and Learn: Chestnut Mountain

July 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Zoom
Free

Join us for a 30 minute presentation about our recent 448 acre land acquisition, Chestnut Mountain just outside of Canton, NC.  During this virtual Lunch & Learn, Conservation Director Hanni Muerdter and AmeriCorps member Hanna Peterman will share the story of how SAHC acquired this unique property that could have been slated for various kinds of development. Additionally, you will learn about why it is a high priority conservation project for wildlife, water, and future public recreation, the future plans…

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August 2020

SAHC Virtual Lunch and Learn: Aerial Monitoring

August 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

When: Monday, August 3 starting from 12 - 1 pm Online, FREE To supplement our on-the-ground stewardship efforts, SAHC is currently developing an aerial monitoring program. SAHC stewards land spread across approximately 4,000 square miles — and as of 2020, our Stew Crew is responsible for monitoring over 52,000 acres. Annual monitoring site visits require substantial time and resources. While interaction with landowners/neighbors and spending time in the landscape is paramount, the ever-growing acreage for which we are responsible, its…

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January 2021

Hiker in snowy woods

SAHC’s Winter Hiking Challenge – 60 miles in 60 days

January 1 - March 4

Do you need a little inspiration to get moving after the holiday season? Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is starting off 2021 with a challenge to get folks out and about – hiking or walking to enjoy the great outdoors! The SAHC Virtual Hiking Challenge sets a goal of 60 miles in 60 days, to be completed in your own time and at your own speed. Those can be miles you’ve walked, run or hiked – in your neighborhood, on a…

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October 2021

2021 Rustic Ridge Hike

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mt. Mitchell State Park, 2388 N.C. 128
Burnsville, NC 28714 United States
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Date: Sunday, October 10th   Time: 10:00am   Where: Mt. Mitchell State Park. We will meet at the park headquarters. The headquarters are located at the first parking lot on the right after entering Mt. Mitchell State Park.   Distance: 4.2 Miles   Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous (6-7). While not very long, the trail is extremely technical at points with several rock scrambles. Trekking poles are encouraged!   Cost: FREE for all participants (but pre-registration is required)   Join the…

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2021 Elk Hollow Fall Foliage Hike

October 17 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Elk Hollow Preserve, 3535 Roaring Creek Rd
Newland, NC 28657 United States

Date: Sunday, October 17 Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm   Where: Elk Hollow Preserve in Roaring Creek, North Carolina  Distance: 1.4 Miles Difficulty: Easy to moderate (3-4)  Cost: The hike is FREE but restricted to SAHC members only.     Join us on Sunday, October 17, for a pleasant stroll through the Elk Hollow Preserve on the Everett J. Bowman Trail and soak in the views of peak leaf season. The trail will lead us through beautiful forests of oaks, maples,…

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