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. Course leaders are experts in their ﬁelds and include professors, naturalists, scientists and acclaimed photographers, writers, historians and artists.
The series runs from May through September, with topics including bird ecology and behavior, sketching the natural world, wildlife drawing, the spruce-fir forest, nature therapy, mindfulness, woodcrafting and backpacking. Each is limited to 20 or less participants, so they fill up quickly. Registration usually opens two months prior to each course. Get details and purchase tickets at links below.
2023 Adult Field Courses
- May 20: A Naturalist’s Sketchbook: Botanical Illustrating and Nature Journaling
- June 15: Exploring the Sky Island of the Southern Appalachians: The Spruce-Fir Forest
- July 22: Nature and Forest Therapy
- July 29: Movement and Mindfulness in the Mountains for more Health, Healing and Happiness
- August 5: Appalachian Woodcraft
- October 7: Starry Skies
Since 2008, the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has aimed at creating educational programming that deepens understanding through in-depth study and field research. Our goal is to provide you with a rich experience in a particular field of study, and to also provide a safe and memorable trip to Grandfather Mountain.