Upcoming Events

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April 13, 2019, 1pm-4pm
(Rain date April 20)
AS IF Center Yellow House
1229 Rebels Creek Rd., Bakersville, NC

Claytonia virginica with bee

When spring comes to the Appalachian mountains (an phenomenon so charming that Aaron Copeland even wrote a beautiful symphonic work to celebrate it), it begins with all the small things — bloodroot and trout lily, bee flies that look like fluffy flying teddy bears, cold little mountain streams. Come investigate the spring awakening of our forest by spending time with all the small things. We’ll hike a little bit (a moderate hike, 2 miles ish, with about 500 feet of elevation gain), then along the way we’ll sit a little bit and draw and make notes about small things we observe. We’ll focus on things that could fit in the palm of your hand (or smaller). What will you notice when you spend ten minutes watching a patch of moss, a single wildflower, or a small section of lichen-covered bark? Bring a nature journal or sketchbook, so you can draw or write about things that fit in the palm of your hand. Bring a loupe or magnifying glass if you have one. We will finish our hike by using microscopes to look at the small things we found, sharing our notes, and munching on some very small snacks. All are welcome, but if you are under 18, bring along a responsible adult.

Your cell phone or GPS may cut out in our mountainous terrain, so study this page for directions before you leave.

RSVP by April 6