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Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center

81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
8286311061

April 2019

Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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This first of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge. We’ll hike the SugarLoaf Creek Trail #1, 1A. This is an easy hike (on the way down); a little more of a challenge on the way back but only about 2 miles round trips. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 1 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center or Trail Head Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Big Creek/Moose Creek Falls Hike

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Join us for this beautiful waterfall hike in the Great Smoky Mountains! Check out more on the trail here: http://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/mouse.htm Reservations: Required by April 24 Difficulty: Easy to Moderate (4.2 miles) What to bring: Attire appropriate to the weather, lunch, water Where to meet: Meet at the Nature Center Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #2 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge. Two trails for the price of one: Trails #5 & 6. We’ll start at the Nature Center and hike up this fairly steep trail; do the B.H. Loop and then hike back down #6 to the Nature Center. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4.5 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Pollinator Garden Work Day

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Like gardening? Join us as we spruce up our pollinator garden (located by tennis courts). We will be clearing out dead plants, updating signs and putting together an arbor. Reservations: not required but appreciated. Difficulty: 2 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: favorite gardening tools, water/snacks Where to meet: Nature Center before 10 a.m., garden by tennis courts after 10 Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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May 2019

3rd Annual World Migratory Bird Day Festival

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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“Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” is the theme for this year’s World Migratory Bird Day. Join us and our regional conservation partners at Bridge Park for demonstrations, crafts, food, and vendors. It’s for the birds! Where to meet: Bridge Park in Sylva, NC Contact: Eliza; 828-631-1063; naturalist@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #3 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge. Trail #37 Campground Loop Trail is an easy hike of about 1.20 miles. We might even wet a rod while we’re down there if anyone wants to try their luck with our resident trout. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 1 – 3 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center or Trail Head Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Biologist for a Day

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Join us in monitoring our milkweed patches for Monarch caterpillars through the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project (MLMP), a national effort to help increase butterfly populations. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the Monarchs' extraordinary life cycle and the Trust's conservation work all while outside! Reservations: not required, but appreciated What to bring: water, weather appropriate clothing Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #4 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge, trails #4, 4A & 4B. The Cashie Branch Trail has some beautiful deep woods rock walls and follows Cashie Branch Stream. We’ll try and do the two spur-trails associated with #4 if time allows. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 1 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center or Trail Head Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Graveyard Fields Hike (Blue Ridge Parkway)

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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If you’ve not been to Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then you’re in for a treat. And even if you have, there’s always spectacular scenery so join us for lovely jewel of an excursion. Reservations: Required by 16 May Difficulty: 1 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike # 5 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge, trails #23, 23A & 23B . The East SugarLoaf Trail is not long but it’s fun! Great for aerobics. If time allows, we’ll hike the two spur trails associated with the trail. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 1 – 4.5 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Nature Center Grand Re- Opening!

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Please join us for some light snacks, maybe a spot of wine and get the latest and greatest news about your Nature Center and the staff and Trustees. Reservations: Not required but would be appreciated to plan for snacks Difficulty: 1 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: your curiosity Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Plant Sale Pick Up Days!

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Did you order plants during our order window? If so, now is the time to come meet your new plant babies! Stop by anytime between 10 am-4:30 pm. We will take cash, check, or credit card payment. Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Plant Sale Pick Up Days!

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Did you order plants during our order window? If so, now is the time to come meet your new plant babies! Stop by anytime between 10 am-4:30 pm. We will take cash, check, or credit card payment. Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #6 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge, trail #3 . The Big Woods Trail is 3.6 miles and is half in the woods and half that follows East Reach Road so, all in all, not a tremendous expenditure of energy, other than the distance. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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June 2019

Bear Pen Gap Hike (Blue Ridge Parkway)

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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This out-and-back hike follows a fairly straight line out to a beautiful meadow that is usually adorned with 3-season wildflowers and plenty of birds. If the group is up to it, we’ll warm up with the short but steep Devil’s Courthouse Hike. Reservations: Required by 30 May Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

June 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #7 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge. The Upper Dark Ridge Creek Trail. This hike can be an out-and-back hike of about 3.25 miles or, if the group has the interest, we can take it onto Cabin Flats Road and do a loop of about 5 miles – group’s decision. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact:…

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Nature Journaling Workshop – it’s not just for Biology Nerds!

June 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Now is a chance to check in and chat about our nature journaling adventure. Bring your journal and any entries and insights you’d like to share. We will also do a group nature exploration and journaling activity today. If you can’t make it to the workshop, but still want to participate/get regular prompts, please let me know! Reservations: appreciated by June 1 What to bring: a favorite journal, weather appropriate gear (you are also welcome to bring lunch) Where to…

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Pollinator Garden Work Day

June 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Like gardening? Join us as we spruce up our pollinator garden (located by tennis courts). We will be putting plants in the ground today! Reservations: not required, but appreciated. Difficulty: 2 out of 6 hiking boots What to bring: favorite gardening tools, water/snacks Where to meet: Nature Center before 10 a.m., garden by tennis courts after 10 Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #8 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge. Fisher Cove Trail. This a 3.5 mile hike, one way, so if the group wants, we’ll either stage vehicles at both ends or, hike out and back (7 miles) Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose or Jen; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Living with Wildlife

June 11 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Join us and a local wildlife expert to dig in to our new “Living with Wildlife” exhibit. We’ll review some of most frequently asked questions about attracting and deterring our wild neighbors. Reservations: required by June 9 Difficulty: N/A What to bring: note-taking materials, curiosity Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Beginning Fly Fishing (and Catching!)

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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BMP members have expressed to me some interest in learning the art and science of the wonderful world of fly fishing. If you’re one of those, please join me at Dark Ridge Creek Campground get some pointers on this great way to be outdoors. Please call me to find out more about requisite gear and other pertinent information. Reservations: Required by 13 June Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking/fishing gear,…

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

June 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #9 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge, trail #40 – Dark Ridge/Bee Tree Gap Trail. This is nice gently ascending hike on the first half and pretty much all downhill on second half – and all on conservation easement land to boot (get it?!). Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Biologist for a Day

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Join us in monitoring our milkweed patches for Monarch caterpillars through the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project (MLMP), a national effort to help increase butterfly populations. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn more about the Monarchs' extraordinary life cycle and the Trust's conservation work all while outside! Reservations: not required, but appreciated What to bring: water, weather appropriate clothing Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose or Jen; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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First Garden Club Meeting

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Like gardening? Join the Balsam Mountain Preserve Garden Club! This club is for folks with all levels of experience. Plan to walk away from each program with knowledge to use in your own backyard. To join the club or for more information, contact Rose Wall or Jen Knight: 828/631-1061, education@bmtrust.org Typical program format: We will have a mix of on-site and field trip programs. Programs will be 1-2 hours. Please feel free to bring your lunch along! Garden Club schedule…

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Choose Your Own Adventure Hike

June 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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We want to know where you want to go! Please contact us to “reserve” the hike/outing of your choice on this date and we will do our best to make it happen! We will advertise the adventure once we’ve worked out the details with our member “host” (that’s you!) To book: Please contact us at least one month in advance so we can get the word out. Contact: Jen; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #11 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge: Fisher Cove Alternate Trail. This will require a little bit of planning as the trail is inserted into the woods reached via the main Fisher Cove Trail. We’ll figure it out and have fun doing it. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Rose; 828-631-1061; education@bmtrust.org

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Black Balsam (Blue Ridge Parkway)

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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This is a hike that’s popular with folks because of the awesome beauty and tremendous views at the top. Don’t miss this one. Reservations: Required by 27 June Difficulty: 1 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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Trust Trek, 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge

June 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Balsam Mountain Trust Nature Center, 81 Preserve Rd
Sylva, NC 28779
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Hike #9 of the 20/20 Vision Hikes Challenge: Trail #22 – West SugarLoaf Mountain Trail. This is a beautiful switch-backed mountain ascent of only .67 of a mile. The group’s interests (and naturalist’s whimsy) will determine speed. Reservations: Not required but appreciated Difficulty: 2 – 4 (out of 5) hiking boots What to bring: water, snacks, weather-appropriate hiking gear, camera Where to meet: Nature Center Contact: Michael; 828-631-1062; mskinner@bmtrust.org

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