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April 2019

No Man’s Land Film Festival – Asheville

April 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
New Belgium Brewing Company, 21 Craven St
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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$12 – $20

Join us for the premier all-women adventure film festival featuring short films about women adventurers who will inspire you with their tenacity, their spunk and their femininity - all interwoven to showcase the full scope of woman-identified athletes and adventurers, looking to undefine what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film.

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May 2019

Wildflower Watch Day Hike

May 18, 2019 @ 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 to name a few. This time of year is prime for spotting these wildflowers, as well as seeing, or hearing, a number of warblers, vireos, and other birds that have returned from their winter in Central and South America. This hike will take us past the ruins of Rattlesnake lodge: a summer home built in 1903 for Dr. Chase P. Ambler. 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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July 2019

Day Hike with Museum of the Cherokee Indian Staff

July 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wesser Creek Trail
$15 – $25

Join MountainTrue and a guide from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian on a hike that highlights Cherokee History, stories and medicinal knowledge.

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Snorkeling with the Watauga Riverkeeper

July 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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$10 – $20

Join MountainTrue’s Watauga Riverkeeper, Andy Hill, and take the plunge to explore the unique ecosystems of the Watauga River. Much like ocean reef snorkeling, river snorkeling allows you an unparalleled viewpoint to explore all the nooks and crannies of your local river. By peeking under the water, you can find yourself swimming alongside darting fish or face-to-face with the tiny insect larvae that feed them. After years of fishing and protecting this river, no one is more qualified to show you the best places to look for underwater marvels than Andy. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a Hellbender.

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French Broad Float

July 31, 2019 - August 2, 2019

Experience one of the most remote and scenic stretches the French Broad has to offer over this three day/two night trip from Hot Springs, NC to Bridgeport, TN.

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September 2019

Asheville Urban Tour

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Vance Memorial
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue’s own Chris Joyell, Director of the Asheville Design Center, on a walk through downtown Asheville. While winding through the streets of downtown, Chris will recount stories from Asheville’s history that shaped the city and turned it into the beautiful, quirky place we love today. Much of the city’s unique history is unknown to most Ashevillians, but it spans everything from citizen protests to decades of crushing debt to policies that moved whole communities. While we walk, Chris will also discuss some of the changes Asheville is experiencing today and where this growth could lead us in the future.

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October 2019

Guided Fall Day Hike

October 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pilot Cove Loop Trail
$5 – $15

Join MountainTrue's Ecologist and Public Lands Director, Bob Gale, for a gorgeous and educational hike through Pisgah National Forest. This hike offers breaktaking views of the fall foliage, and if we are lucky, we will catch glimpses of the Monarch Butterfly migration. We will be hiking the Pilot Cove Loop Trail in Pisgah, which is approximately 4 miles long. The trail starts in a lesser known part of Pisgah National Forest and winds upward amongst the brightly colored sourwood and black gum trees. After opening up onto a beautiful rocky outcrop, the trails travels through recently logged forested as well as much older sections of forest. There are some steep inclines on this trail, but Bob will be making frequent stops to rest and interpret the flora and fauna.

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January 2020

Timber Sale Project Hike

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$5 – $15

Join us for a a hike to the part of Nantahala National Forest that will be impacted by the Buck Creek Timber Sale. Our Public Lands Biologist, Josh Kelly, will explain how timber sales work, what makes for a good timber project, and show us what areas will be impacted by the Buck Creek Project. We'll hike through a less frequented part of the National Forest on an out-and-back section of the Chunky Gal Trail. This hike is considered difficult: this section is 5 miles long and includes substantial elevation gain.

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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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