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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Hear the tale of two timber sales

Forest ecology experts will lead a hike displaying the after-effects of a sale during an all-day outing Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County.

MountainTrue ecologists will take the group along a U.S. Forest Service road that leads to the first of two timber sales resulting from the Courthouse Project. Topics will include the results of logging in the Southern Appalachians regarding wildlife, soil, water, recreation and scenery. If time allows, the group will also visit Courthouse Falls and Colney Creek Falls.

Moderately difficult. A carpool will meet in Pisgah Forest at 9 a.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. All participants should bring sturdy footwear, water, lunch and weather-appropriate clothing.

$10 for MountainTrue members; $30 for nonmembers. Sign up at


Aquarium grants now available for schools

The new Aquarium Scholars program is offering students in Title I schools across North Carolina access to aquarium-based education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Teachers from Title I schools can apply for mini-grants to fund a variety of Aquarium Scholars programs, such as live animals for the classroom, distance learning programs delivering real-time experiences and class trips to the Carolina coast. These opportunities give students the chance to meet fantastic aquatic animals and learn about important conservation topics.

The fund supporting this programming was established by the nonprofit N.C. Aquarium Society, in partnership with the three state aquariums, Jennette’s Pier at Nags Head, N.C. public schools, the Friday Institute at N.C. State University and private donors.

The Friday Institute will partner with the aquariums to evaluate the program and develop standard measurements for its success. Evaluation of the data will be compiled in an annual report, the first of which will be available near the end of 2018.

Grant applications are available at

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