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May 2019

Wildflower Watch Day Hike

May 18 @ 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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No Man’s Land Film Festival – Shelby

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Earl Scruggs Center, 103 S Layfette Street
Shelby, NC 28150
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$15

We are proud to announce our debut film screening in Shelby, NC benefiting both The Earl Scruggs Center and MountainTrue! We are excited to partner with the Earl Scruggs Center in bringing to Shelby these inspiring films that showcase women in all their tenacity, their spunk and their femininity. Through hosting No Man’s Land, we are celebrating badass women-identified role models and are encouraging everyone to join us in caring for the beautiful places we share. This event will open…

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Choose Your Own Adventure Weekend

May 24 @ 3:00 pm - May 26 @ 2:00 pm
Hot Springs Campground, 315 Bridge Street
Hot Springs, NC 28743
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$85 – $105

Join MountainTrue for a wonderful weekend adventure in Hot Springs! This quaint mountain town has become a must see location in WNC both because of the town itself and because of the stunning public lands that surround it. The Appalachian Trail is the town's Main Street, so thru hikers view this town as a respite from their backcountry trek. Because the town is nestled in Pisgah National Forest and on the banks of the French Broad River, outdoor activities abound. We have a number of activities available, so pick your favorites! We will be based out of the Hot Springs Campground, right on the shore of the French Broad. The campground does have running water, bathrooms and showers for all campground goers to use.

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June 2019

1st Annual Broad River Race Day

June 1 @ 12:45 pm - 5:00 pm
NC

Join us for the 1st ever Broad River Race Day! We welcome folks to race at their own pace, and enjoy 5 miles on the most beautiful stretch of the Broad River. Remember, the hare may not out run the tortoise!

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Snorkeling with the Watauga Riverkeeper

June 8 @ 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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Richmond Hill Invasive Species Workday

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Richmond Hill Park, 300 Richmond Hill Dr
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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Join us and help restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants at Richmond Hill Park. This is the City of Asheville’s only forested park and is home to many special native plant and animal species! Volunteers help to stop the spread of harmful non-native invasive species and return native species to the unique park.

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Day Hike with Museum of the Cherokee Indian Staff

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join MountainTrue and a guide from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian on a hike that highlights Cherokee History, stories and medicinal knowledge. If you're interested in this hike, add your email here to get a notification once registration opens.

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Ash Inventory Backpacking Weekend

June 29 - June 30
Iron Mountain Gap TN 37692 + Google Map
$45 – $60

Join MountainTrue on our first ever weekend backpacking trip as we journey to the Iron Mountain Gap area of Pisgah National Forest. This trip is an opportunity to hike through one of the most remote ash groves remaining in our WNC forests. This area, like many across Western North Carolina, is at risk of losing it’s graceful ash trees, as they are threatened by a new pest. This pest, the Emerald Ash Borer, feeds on important tissues in the tree and kills it- unless we can treat the tree first. On this trip, we will be inventorying the ash trees by collecting data on the size, number, and condition of the trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer. By completing this inventory, we can help prepare for treatment of the trees, to keep them standing for generations to come. This section of the forest is home to everyone and everything from Appalachian Trail thru hikers to elk migrating in the late fall and early spring. Because of its more secluded location, we need your help to complete the inventory!

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July 2019

Richmond Hill Invasive Species Workday

July 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Richmond Hill Park, 300 Richmond Hill Dr
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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Join us and help restore native plant communities by controlling non-native invasive plants at Richmond Hill Park. This is the City of Asheville’s only forested park and is home to many special native plant and animal species! Volunteers help to stop the spread of harmful non-native invasive species and return native species to the unique park.

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French Broad Float

July 31 - August 2
$550

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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