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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:28

Upcoming summer camps

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Smokies summer camp near Cherokee Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a three-day camp, “Smokies Summer Science Investigations,” for…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:27

Bringing the classroom outside

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Highlands Middle School became home to a new outdoor classroom earlier this month.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Going toe to toe with Mother Nature

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It is said that humans are fickle creatures, and if that is true, then the weather must be at least…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Hit Mast General to help conservation

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy will get a boost on Saturday, June 1, when Mast General Store locations in Waynesville…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

More recycling bins for WCU

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Western Carolina University received 75 new recycling bins through the Alcoa Foundation Recycling Bin Grant Program and have begun placing…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Max Patch restored, off-roaders pay

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The off-roaders responsible for causing damage to the popular Pisgah National Forest hiking spot Max Patch have reached a plea…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Calling on volunteers for bird monitoring

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Volunteers are needed to assist in a breeding bird monitoring and education program throughout the spring and early summer at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Plant a row for the needy

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United Christian Ministries of Jackson County is asking gardeners to plant an extra row in their plots this year to…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Environmental forums start up

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A forum on community and environmental change will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Visitors need to plan ahead to see fireflies

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The Elkmont synchronous firefly viewing will take place June 6-13 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Every year, thousands…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

Waterfall trail looking for sweat donations

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Volunteers are needed in Panthertown Valley during Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 25, to help complete a new section…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Youth soccer camps

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is offering British and Brazilian soccer camps for youth this summer. The Brazilian soccer…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:24

Book turns hikes into scavenger hunts

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A book that aims to make hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fun and educational for kids, Scavenger…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:23

Win a gem at the Ruby Run

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The Ruby Run 5K and 10K will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in Franklin. The annual race…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:20

Star gazing event at Purchase Knob

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a star gazing event at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the…
A guided trip down the Little Tennessee River aims to teach paddlers about the area’s cultural and biological history and…
Ever since I first watched Brad Pitt fly fishing in the film “The River Runs Through It,” I knew I…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Park releases new species of predator beetles

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is planning to release two new predatory beetles to stop the spread of the…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Haywood soccer season kicks off

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Haywood County is now signing up players for its adult summer soccer leagues. 
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Volunteers needed at Pisgah wildlife center

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking volunteers to help at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education to accommodate a…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Azaleas in full bloom in Stecoah

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The azalea garden at Stecoah Valley Center is in full bloom, but will only be for the next few weeks.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Get ready for 12 hours of Tsali

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A grueling, 12-hour mountain bike race will be held from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

French Broad trail map comes online

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For paddlers looking to master the French Broad River, a new map is available online detailing the river’s paddle trail.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Market vendors get shelter form the storm

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The Haywood County Health Department pitched in and gave away tents, tables, coolers and other equipment to vendors at area…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Park reopens trails damaged by tornado

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Two trails that have been closed since 2011 after receiving extensive damage from a tornado in the western end of…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:05

Macon enviro group applauds local recyclers

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Macon Pride, a county-based environmental organization, has recognized Caterpillar Precision Seals in Franklin for what it deems an exemplary recycling…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:05

Calling recruits to the bugle corps

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Can you make it in the corps? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs volunteers to join the Elk Bugle…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:04

WCU one of the greenest colleges in country

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For the third consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:03

Land trust earns top honors

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The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust has received national accreditation for its work in protecting treasured lands.
Folks interested in hiking a section of the Mountains to Sea Trail and learning a bit more about the storied…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 02:00

Backpackers cautioned to keep food away from bears

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As spring and backpacking season returns to the mountains, so does bear danger in the woods. A recent bear encounter,…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:59

When it rains – the tough go hiking

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We’ve had a good run in the watershed. The Town of Waynesville has sponsored spring and fall guided hikes in…
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:56

Get your green on

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EcoFest will showcase more than four dozen demonstrators, vendors, information booths and organizations sharing tips and practical advice on how…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:00

Sign up for the WNC trail event of the decade

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A national convergence of Appalachian Trail fans and hiking enthusiasts will descend on Western Carolina University this summer for the…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:00

Bugle Corp recognized for their volunteerism

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In honor of National Volunteer Week, Friends of the Smokies is recognizing the work of the Elk Bugle Corps. The…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:56

Protected watershed offers rare public hike

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A guided hike to the usually off-limits Waynesville watershed will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:55

Protestors call for action on global warming

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A group of about 30 demonstrators gathered last Monday at the public fountain on Main Street in downtown Sylva to…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:53

Winter floods close some Smokies trails, repairs pending

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A section of the Noland Creek Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed to hikers and horseback…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:52

Races, paddling, music and more at NOC

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Visitors to the Nantahala Gorge this weekend can take in a full lineup of freestyle paddling competitions, outdoor activities, film…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:51

Be a responsible ramp picker this spring

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Spring means ramp season in Western North Carolina, but the ramp population in Southern Appalachians is being hurt by over-harvesting.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:50

Have what it takes to be a junior ranger?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate the National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:47

Beginners luck, or magic touch?

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Fire is a life source. Without fire or some other form of heat, it’s nearly, if not impossible, to survive…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:46

Volunteers needed to liaison with elk viewers

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is recruiting volunteers to impart wildlife viewing etiquette in high-traffic tourist areas at the…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:45

Delve into nature with Highlands Nature Center day camps

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The Highlands Nature Center is offering a lineup of summer Nature Day Camps for children. Five different camps on ecology…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:45

Stomach bug takes to the A.T.

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A pesky stomach virus has turned up among hikers along the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, especially on a stretch…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:44

Hikes explores pocket of old-growth forest

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A guided hike involving some off-trail bushwhacking to a little-known stand of old growth forest in Graham County will be…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:44

Share your favorite swimming holes

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Don’t be greedy and keep your favorite swimming hole for yourself. A regional environmental organization is developing a new guide…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:42

Arbor Day plantings planned for Island Park

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An Arbor Day flower planting will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 20, at Island Park in…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:41

Tour de Cashiers bike ride off and pedaling

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Riders are gearing up for this year’s Tour de Cashiers coming on Saturday, May 4. The route will feature stunning…