Public Programs

Members of the public may visit the Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center during a Public Event Day or by scheduling a program with a naturalist. Trust naturalists and our animal ambassadors also present programs at local libraries and community events. See the list below for upcoming Balsam Mountain Public Events and community programs.

To register for an event, or if you have additional questions about Balsam Mountain Trust Programs, contact Education Directors Rose Wall and Jen Knight by phone 828.631.1061 or email at education@bmtrust.org . For events on Balsam Mountain Preserve, we require a signed safety release waiver form for all participants.

  • Animal Odyssey @ Macon County Library

    July 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Want to see through the eyes of an animal? Take an adventure with us and see how the decisions humans make affect the lives, and landscapes, of our wild friends. We’ll meet some puppets and live animals in this program celebrating this year’s summer reading theme of “Building a Better World”. This is a free

  • Balsam Mountain Trust presents Birds of Prey

    July 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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    One event on an unspecified date at 11:00am

    Come check us out at this free Birds of Prey program at the Cradle of Forestry! Executive Director Michael Skinner will be chatting about our raptor friends and demonstrating their flight skills.

  • Wonderful Worms @ Jackson County Public Library

    July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Learn how to transform kitchen scraps into rich compost with the power of worms! In addition to its gardening benefits, worm composting – vermiculture – can keep food scraps out of landfills and even function as low-maintenance “starter pets” for the kiddos. Learn more at this free adult education program.

  • Animal Odyssey @ Jackson County Libary

    July 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Want to see through the eyes of an animal? Take an adventure with us and see how the decisions humans make affect the lives, and landscapes, of our wild friends. We’ll meet some puppets and live animals in this program celebrating this year’s summer reading theme of “Building a Better World”. This is a free

  • Scaly Tales @ Mars Hill Public Library

    July 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Meet some of our scaly-skinned friends and learn why we think reptiles are totally radical! This is a free family program.