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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Nature at night

The nighttime side of nature will be on display during a program 9-10 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Highlands Biological Station. 

During Nocturnal Nature, participants will get a chance to learn about bats, fireflies and other nocturnal creatures while walking through the Highlands Botanical Garden looking for nightlife. 

Open to ages 6 and up. $3 per person, with space limited. Register at 828.526.2623.


Bug out at the Cradle of Forestry

Butterflies, bugs and bees will get their due with the Cradle of Forestry in America’s Bug Day and National Pollinator Week Cel-ebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24. 

Bug hunts will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a short walk on plant-insect interactions at 11:15 a.m. and citizen science opportunities at 2:30 p.m. An enclosed observation beehive will allow visitors to learn about the fascinating lifecycle of these social insects, how honey is made and how to get started as a beekeeper from 1-4 p.m. Other programs will focus on monarch butterflies and the Cradle’s efforts to convert lawn areas into meadows that contain the native plants pollinators need to survive. 

Free with general admission of $5 for adults; free for youth under 16. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes accepted. 

The Cradle of Forestry is located along U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, about 35 miles south of Waynesville. 828.877.3130.


Step into sustainability

A workshop teaching a zero-waste, plastic-free, healthy way of living will be offered at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Waynesville Public Library. 

Tatia Elizabeth Childers, a simple solutions specialist, will help participants discover alternatives to single-use, disposable products; learn how marketers convince people to think they need things they don’t; determine if there is a more sustainable choice to any given product; and take advantage of how-to, hands-on, discounted demonstrations at home or in the workplace. 

Free. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. 


Bring wildlife education to school

Educators interested in getting more wildlife into the school building can get help from Mountain Wildlife Outreach, which helps schools and organizations experience exciting wildlife education programs from a variety of skilled presenters. 

Over the last year, Mountain Wildlife reached more than 2,000 students and adults, with major Earth Day programs in Highlands, Franklin, Cashiers and Asheville reaching more than 1,200 students. 

Funding is provided by Mountain Wildlife Days’ Silent Auction, which is part of the annual event this year scheduled for July 14-15 at Sapphire Valley Resort. The event includes a variety of wildlife presenters and outdoors excursions. 

For information about scheduling outreach programs, contact John Edwards at 828.743.9648 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A full schedule for Mountain Wildlife Days is online at www.mountainwildlifedays.com.


Volleyball tourney on tap

A volleyball tournament will hurtle into Cullowhee Saturday, June 24, at the Jackson County Recreation Park. 

Sponsored by the Black Bears Volleyball Club, the Diggin’ The Mountains Grass Volleyball Tournament will offer competition for divisions 13U and 15U. The fee is $45 per team, plus $5 per player not a member of USA Volleyball. Limited to eight teams. 

Linda Lunnen, 828.506.4676 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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