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When life gets hectic, most people have a vacation spot where they go to unwind — perhaps a family cabin on the lake, a favorite campground or a sandy beach.  David Burns, 73, finds that place somewhere in the depths of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:00

See migrating birds up close

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A chance to see migrating birds up close while helping with nationally recognized research work will welcome volunteers of all ages 7-11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 25, at sites along the Little Tennessee River in Macon County.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:59

Salamander Meander returns to Highlands

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Search for salamanders — while armed with new knowledge about what they are and how they function — at the 13th annual Salamander Meander 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the Highlands Nature Center.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:58

NOC paddler to appear in summer Olympics

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When Team U.S.A. marches into the Olympic stadium this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games, Michal Smolen will become Nantahala Outdoor Center’s 23rd Olympian in the sport of Whitewater Canoe Slalom, entering in the kayak category — but it will be his first time competing in the Olympics.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:51

Sculpture winds through WCU trails

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A nature-based sculpture project launched by Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum aims to feature outdoors art while promoting discussion of sustainability and aesthetics on campus.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016 15:49

Get the cheat sheet to buy local

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Growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina, and the new Local Food Guide from the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project is out to guide you toward the best sources of local food. 
Closure of some trails will soon take effect in DuPont State Recreational Forest to protect the blue ghost firefly, a unique insect whose mating season is coming up.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

Farmers Market news

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The mountains are greening, the gardens are growing and farmers market season is beginning. Markets around the region are starting up, offering up fresh food, locally made products and community atmosphere. 
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 14:28

Explore Cataloochee’s past and present

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A guided eco-trip to explore one of the best-kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — Cataloochee Valley — will be offered by the Smoky Mountain Field School on Saturday,  May 28.