Events

April Wildflower Wednesday

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 hike!

This hike will take place in the Sandy Mush Farming Community, where SAHC has helped protect over 10,000 acres of land! The Pardues have been enjoying the birds and wildflowers on this property since the 1970s. The main attractions will be the spring wildflowers such as bloodroot, hepatica and spring beauty, and birds such as Blue-headed Vireo and Ovenbird. The hike will be at elevations of 3,400 to 4,000 feet, providing beautiful vistas. Hikers will walk about 4 miles through woodlands and along primitive trails, with some bushwhacking and occasional steep slopes.

This hike is part of  the Wildflower Wednesday Hike Series, showcasing the incredible biodiversity in our region. The hikes will be on the last Wednesday of the month in March, April, May, and June.  The Wildflower Wednesday Hikes will have representative from the Western North Carolina Botanical Club with us to help identify and learn about the flowers.

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2018 Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop

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 in educational activities both inside and outside.  By the end of this workshop, participants will have a clear understanding of Leave No Trace as an organization, the 7 principles and how to implement them, and how to share their new knowledge with others. Anyone from seasoned outdoors people to first time hikers are welcome to join!

Please bring a water bottle and wear suitable attire for an indoor workshop with a few outdoor activities. Optional: materials to take notes.

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The workshop will be open to 15 participants.

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2018 Full Worm Moon Hike

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 Buncombe County, NC.  The beautiful 500 acre farm is part of over 10,000 acres that SAHC has helped conserve in the Sandy Mush Community! Terri Wells, one of the family members of the Bee Branch Farm will be our guide as we make a three mile loop, including moonlit panoramic views of the entire valley.  We will be hiking on an active farm, so be prepared for muddy feet!

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2018 Winter Tree ID Hike

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, community types, the form of the tree, and more.   Botanist and avid naturalist Luke Cannon will accompany us on our hike and provide hikers with tips and skills for identifying deciduous trees in winter.  This 2.5 mile hike will take place in Montreat Wilderness, on which SAHC holds a 2,460-acre conservation easement!

Registration for this hike is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, or if you plans have changed and you can no longer join us, please contact emily@appalachian.org. Thank you!