Our Mission

The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

Upcoming Events

  • Creature Feature: Radical Rattlers

    April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Timber rattlesnakes, one of most misunderstood critters, play a critical role in regional ecosystems. As they begin to emerge from their winter dens, join us and our resident rattler to learn a little bit about their fascinating natural history, what to do if you encounter one, and why nature develo...

  • DoubleTop Expedition

    May 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Mountain wildflowers are one of the defining, and most delightful, features of spring in the Southern Appalachians. BMP’s DoubleTop trail features blooms found nowhere else on the Preserve – join us on a hunt for the greatest hits of spring.

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Balsam Mountain TrustFriday, March 24th, 2017 at 6:31am
We are so pleased to officially announce that we'll be hosting our first annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) festival, to take on Saturday, May 20th at the Jackson County Recreation Complex (Cullowhee) from 10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.! We're hoping to gather folks around migratory bird conservation through fun games, food, and live bird demonstrations. Spread the word and join us!

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Balsam Mountain Trust loves the AMERICORPS!

Our Conservation Trust for North Carolina AmeriCorps members have allowed us to more than triple our reach to underserved community members in Jackson and Haywood Counties. With a focus on environmental education for elementary school students, we also reach folks through partnerships with local libraries, REACH shelter for domestic violence, and the Latino community.

We would like to ask for your help by contacting your senators and representatives and asking them to protect the AmeriCorps program. Please let them know that you are a constituent and share your own, short personal perspective about why the AmeriCorps, or a program they support, is important to you.

AmeriCorps is an investment in our nation.

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Interesting Facts

Plant Species

Bird of Prey Ambassadors

Acres of Preserve Land

$ Raised for Trust Conservation Grant

Schools in Adopt-a-School Program

People Reached in 2015

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