Mountain Happenings

The Blue Ridge Naturalist Network is an outgrowth of the Blue Ridge Naturalist Program through the N C Arboretum. As such, we’re pleased to share resources, information and links to other organizations and regionally local happenings to foster a greater knowledge-base across various communities. Be sure to bookmark this page as we update it frequently!

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The NC Arboretum

  • On exhibit September 20, 2017 – January 7, 2018, inside the Baker Exhibit Center, The North Carolina Arboretum’s popular, one-of-a-kind traveling exhibit,Wicked Plants, returns to the Arboretum this fall! Inspired by author Amy Stewart’s best selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities,” this fun-filled, family-friendly exhibit gives visitors a safe, hands-on experience with some of the world’s most harmful plants and diabolical botanicals.


  • Romantic Realism: Artwork by Ernestine Bucking Opens Saturday, October 7 Austrian-born, Arden, N.C.-based artist and sculptor Ernestine Bucking gently captures images of the diverse wonders of the natural world in her exhibit, Romantic Realism, on display in the Education Center daily October 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018


  • Carolina Bonsai Expo – October 14 & 15
    The 22nd annual Carolina Bonsai Expo will be held on Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15, inside the Education Center and Baker Exhibit Center buildings. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase live bonsai plants and supplies, participate in workshops and watch free demonstrations. This year’s special guest is world-renowned bonsai expert Jack Rustic, who recently retired as the museum curator of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum.


  • Guided Fall Hikes – Tuesdays & Saturdays. Enjoy the ever-changing colors of autumn at the Arboretum by participating in one of our free guided trail walks, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays starting at 1 p.m. from the Baker Exhibit Center lobby. Trained volunteer guides lead small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types.


  • See the miracle of metamorphosis before your very eyes. On display May 13 – October 29, inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more.


The Cradle of Forestry 

  • Camping In The Old Style
    Sat, Oct 14, 2017
    Visit with the Acorn Patrol, a small group of classic campers in a re-created campsite of the early 1900’s. At this time in history the Pisgah National Forest was in its infancy, and city folk were discovering the joys of outdoor recreation. General Admission AppliesThe Cradle of Forestry is located on U.S. Highway 276 in Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, visit