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February 2020

Winter Tree ID Workshop

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$5 – $15

Join us for a Winter Tree ID workshop on Saturday, February 1st. This workshop is aimed at beginners, so we'll start by covering basic vocabulary used in tree ID and various ID techniques with a workshop from Carrie Blair of Carrie's Tree School. Assuming good weather, we will move outside for the second half lead by MountainTrue's Public Lands Biologist, Josh Kelly, where we'll put what we've learned to the test. No materials are necessary, but please bring water, snacks, close-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing.

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March 2020

Winter Bird Watch

March 14 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Hintor Rural Life Center, 2330 Hinton Center Rd
Hayesville, NC 28904
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MountainTrue's Western Regional Office will host its 14th annual Winter Bird Watch. Retired Young Harris College professor and former board member, Brenda Hull will share her bird expertise with us as we observe birds around Lake Chatuge. In past years, we've seen over 20 different species of birds, ranging from small songbirds to larger birds of prey and wintering waterfowl typically associated with more northern climes.

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Signs of Spring Hike

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Green River Cove Trail, 3770 Green River Cove Road
Saluda, 28773 United States
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$5 – $15

Celebrate the arrival of spring with this moderate 6.8 mile out-and-back hike into the Green River Gorge. Guided by expert ecologist and MountainTrue Public Lands Director Bob Gale, we will search out the season's first ephemeral wildflowers such as trillium, bloodroot, and toothwort. Because the Game Lands lie at a lower elevation, they have milder temperatures, giving us the chance to be among the first to see early spring vegetation and wildflowers. Our path will follow the Green River and offer continuous views of its quiet stretches and splendid rapids, finishing at a rock outcrop and enjoy a view of kayakers as they tackle the legendary rapids of the Narrows below.

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April 2020

Joyce Kilmer Hike

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a hike through Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This section of trail travels through an old growth forest and contains many species unique to the Appalachian region. Registration for this event is not yet open, but if you sign up below, we will contact you when it does.

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May 2020

Wildflower Day Hike

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, 195 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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$5 – $15

Join us for a lovely 5.5-mile hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Rattlesnake Lodge. Our Public Lands Ecologist, Bob Gale will lead this hike and share with us his extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of the region. This trail boasts more than thirty varieties of flowers, including dwarf larkspur, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and blue cohosh and this time of year is prime for spotting these wildflowers. If we're lucky, we will also see, or hear, a number of warblers, vireos, and other birds that have returned from their winter in Central and South America. The hike is moderate, and we will take frequent stops to investigate any birds, wildflowers or other items of interest that we find along the way!

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June 2020

Valley River Paddle

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hargett River Access, 5628 Fairview Dr
Andrews, NC 28901
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$10 – $20

This 8-mile stretch will take us from Andrews to Murphy as we wind down the lesser-paddled Valley River. Although there is a highway paralleling the Valley River, the edges of the river are largely farm and forested land, making for a surprisingly cool and quiet trip. We will pass through a couple of river reaches restored by the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition where we'll eddy out to talk about the habitat improvements made along the river.

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French Broad Float 2020

June 24 - June 26
Hot Springs Campground, 315 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743
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Our annual French Broad Float is back! Every year, MountainTrue and our French Broad Riverkeeper guide participants on an incredible trip down a stretch of the French Broad River, creating powerful memories of camping under the stars on the French Broad River Paddle Trail and exploring what can feel like uncharted territory right in our own backyards. Leave the hustle behind, and experience the joys of river travel while having your meals provided, your campfire built and your gear transported for you to your next campsite.

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July 2020

Moonlight Paddle on the Broad

July 3 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Broad River Greenway Canoe Access, 126 Broad River Drive
Shelby, NC 28152
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$5 – $15

Have you ever paddled by the light of the moon? Join our Broad Riverkeeper for a Moonlight paddle on the Broad River. As we go, our Broad Riverkeeper will talk about the history of the Broad River and the work that he does to protect it. This section is flat water, so should be easy going. We'll meet at Lake Houser at 8:00pm to run a shuttle and plan on putting in at 8:45pm, right around sunset. From there we'll paddle about 4.5 miles of river, ending up at the Boiling Springs Greenway to take out around 11:30pm. We have some boats, paddles, and pfds that you can reserve in advance, but you're also welcome to bring your own gear! Children and dogs are allowed, but must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

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Apalachia Lake Paddle

July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hiwassee Dam Recreational Facility, HIWASSEE DAM ACCESS Rd
Murphy, NC 28906
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$10 – $25

What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon than paddling on a beautiful mountain lake? For this 2-hour lake canoe outing, we will paddle Apalachia Lake which has very little private shoreline development and no commercial recreation facilities, making it very peaceful and perfect for paddling. Fishing and swimming are both options along the way, so bring your line if you'd like.

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September 2020

E-bike Tour of Downtown Asheville

September 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Flying Bike Tours, 225 Coxe Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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$20 – $40

Last year, our own Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center guided us on a walking tour of downtown Asheville. This year, we're touring Asheville on bikes. We're teaming up with Flying Bikes Tours to take out a fleet of electric bikes. We will still pass through downtown, where Chris will share his extensive knowledge about Asheville's urban core, including stories of how redlining has shaped our city and what the future could hold for Asheville. With the bikes, we will expand our range, pedaling through the River Arts District and the Southside, experiencing the highlights (and lowlights) of Asheville's bike infrastructure. We will stop frequently to hear from Chris about the history of development in these areas and what the future might look like in these places. 

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