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The Changing Climate & Grandfather Mountain

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$25.00 – $60.00

Climate change is coming to Grandfather Mountain, whether we want it to or not. How will this affect the plants and animals who live on this mountain, some of whom grow nowhere else in the world? As it gets warmer, will plants migrate uphill, where its cooler? What about the plants who that at the top already? What will they do?

This field course will examine the various plant communities along an elevational gradient on Grandfather Mountain, from the deciduous forests at the lowest parts of the park to the rare and endangered spruce-fir forests that reside at the uppermost peaks. What determines the boundaries between these communities and can we predict what will happen over the next few decades?

Course instructor Dr. Howard Neufeld is a forest ecologist by training, specializing in plant ecophysiology, which uses instrumentation in the field to determine how plants adapt to their environment. He has been teaching at nearby Appalachian State University for 33 years and done extensive research on air pollution and climate change effects on plants in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. He is also known as the Fall Color Guy, and each autumn provides updates on his Facebook page on the development of fall leaf color throughout western North Carolina.

Adult Field Courses

Grandfather Mountain’s Adult Field Course series offers participants the chance to explore the mountain like never before. Students examine specific aspects of the park ecosystem through fun, hands-on field excursions. The course leaders are experts in their fields and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.

The series runs from April through October, with topics including bird ecology and behavior, ecology, photography, painting, climate change and stargazing. Cost is $60 per person (or $25 for members of Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Club program), with registration required in advance. To learn more or become a member, click here.

NOTE: Bridge Club members must present valid Bridge Club ID upon arrival, or they will have to pay the full price.

Most courses run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unless otherwise stated, and participants are asked to bring their own lunch to be eaten in the field.

CANCELLATION POLICY: These events are extremely popular and usually have an extensive waiting list. If for some reason you are unable to attend, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the event will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made within a week or greater, or in the event that we are forced to cancel, will be fully refunded.

Details

Date:
September 19
Time:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
$25.00 – $60.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Grandfather Mountain
2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Tickets

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The Changing Climate
Includes admission into the park, field instruction, and transportation during your program. It does not include meals or lodging. Bringing a bagged lunch is recommended for most field courses. Participants must present Bridge Club ID upon arrival or pay full price.
$ 60.00
9 available
The Changing Climate - Bridge Club
Includes admission into the park, field instruction, and transportation during your program. It does not include meals or lodging. Bringing a bagged lunch is recommended for most field courses. Participants must present Bridge Club ID upon arrival or pay full price.
$ 25.00
9 available