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April 2019

Gardening with Native Plants

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Spend the day in Grandfather Mountain's gardens with expert native plant horticulturalist Robyn Fletcher. You will discover ways to utilize native plants in your landscaping and why doing so is so valuable for the natural world.

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May 2019

The Joy of Spring Birding

May 4, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00

May is an exciting month for birding in the High Country, with songbirds arriving every day from as far away as South America on their journey North. Join Steve Dowlan to delight in the joy of spring birding! 

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Sketching Spring Ephemerals

May 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on creating accurate and beautiful botanical illustrations.

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June 2019

Investigating High Elevation Pollinators

June 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20 – $60

We all know that rare plants grow atop Grandfather Mountain, but just who pollinates them? In this course, participants will investigate the landscape with a special eye for bees, beetles, wasps and butterflies.

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July 2019

Exploring Grandfather Mountain’s Geologic Window

July 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20 – $60

There are more than 300 million years of history written into Grandfather Mountain's rocks. Learn to decipher the stone, and discover a world so complex and amazing that it will change your perspective of the Appalachian Mountains forever.

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August 2019

Fungi of the Cloudland Forest

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00

The Southern Appalachians are world-renowned for different types of fungi, from mushrooms to lichens, and are home to more than 2,000 species. Join mycologist Dr. Coleman McCleneghan for a chance to observe many kinds of fungi at higher elevations and learn how to identify them by size, shape and color.

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Spiders: Identification, Diversity, Ecology & Biology

August 24, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$20 – $60

Participants will be introduced to the biology of spiders, with an emphasis on the ecological roles of spiders, their incredible diversity and techniques to identify specimens to species level.

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October 2019

Fall Color Sketchbook

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$20.00 – $60.00

Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on creating accurate and beautiful botanical illustrations. Participants will learn basic observation and drawing techniques with pen and pencil and will use colored pencils to apply vibrant color.

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March 2020

Owl Identification & Behavior on Grandfather Mountain

March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$25.00 – $60.00

Owls represent the “night shift” for birds of prey. For most of us, they are known only as mysterious sounds from the woods behind your house or in the background of a movie. During this adult field course led by Steve Dowlan with High Country Audubon, we will attempt to more intimately acquaint ourselves with these mysterious sounds by spending time with a few captive owls, as well as looking for several owl species in their native habitats within the…

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April 2020

Advanced Birding: Spring Migration

April 25, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
$25.00 – $60.00

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event. Have you wondered why some bird species are always easy to identify all of the time, some bird species are easy to identify some of the time, and some bird species seem to be almost impossible to identify all of the time? The answers can be found in the natural history of individual species. Led by Steve Dowlan with High Country Audubon,…

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May 2020

Sunrise & Landscape Photography on Grandfather Mountain

May 2, 2020 @ 5:30 am - 11:30 am
$25 – $60.00

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event.   Grandfather Mountain offers one of the most picturesque landscapes in the southeast. Join us as we explore the mountain before the gate opens to other visitors. We’ll watch the sun rise over the mountains and play with light in the forest. This course is led by Tommy White, a full-time photographer based in Boone, N.C. Adult Field Courses Grandfather Mountain’s Adult…

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Spring Sketching on Grandfather Mountain

May 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25.00 – $60.00

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled this event. The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life! The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course led by artist Preston Montague, participants will learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic…

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August 2020

Exploring Grandfather Mountain’s Natural Communities

August 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25.00 – $60

NOTE: Due to safety concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Grandfather Mountain has canceled Exploring Grandfather Mountain's Natural Communities, previously scheduled for August 1.    Grandfather Mountain is often referred to as the “Canada of the South” – and it’s true. Some of the species here also thrive in the far North. Join Dr. Patrick McMillan, host of PBS's "Expeditions with Patrick McMillan," in exploration of the 16 natural communities on Grandfather Mountain, from rocky summit to hardwood…

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September 2020

The Artist’s Workshop: Late Summer Sketching

September 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway
Linville, NC 28646 United States
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$25.00 – $60.00

The naturalist’s sketchbook is full of sketches of natural objects that bring moments in nature to life! The way you arrange these drawings on a page can boost the storytelling quality of your sketches. In this course led by artist Preston Montague, participants will learn how to tell a story through the arrangement of objects in a sketchbook, as well as basic observation and drawing techniques with pen, pencil, and colored pencils. Though designed for beginners, students with more intermediate…

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