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

  • Dream Silks by Kathy Goodson with 20 years of silk painting experience, WNC-based artist Kathy Goodson uses poncho jackets, scarves and framed wall art as part of her exhibit, Dream Silks, on display in the Education Center daily January 13 – April 22, 2018


  • Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science. On display January 27 – May 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, inside the Baker Exhibit Center, Roots of Wisdom showcases the ways in which the traditional knowledge of native peoples and Western science are woven together to improve the natural world.


  • March 24-25: Asheville Orchid Festival with exhibits, vendors and demonstrations. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Education Center (parking fees apply and admittance fee for ages 13 and up are $5 per person)

    April 2: The North Carolina Arboretum is proud to introduce its newest educational series, Ask the Gardener, to help members and visitors address both common and unique gardening and landscape questions. Every Monday from 9:00 a.m.-noon (April-October) in the Library.


    *Learn & Learn: Cherokee Cultural Awareness (for info desk vols) February 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    *Trail Guide Training March 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    *Growing Color Symposium Volunteers March 6 from 1-4 p.m. (registration packet stuffing)

    *Growing Color Symposium Volunteers March 7 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (wayfinding)

    *Growing Color Symposium Volunteers March 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.. (registration)

    *Citizen Science Training March 9 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    *Rocky Cove Railroad Operator Training March 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    *Garden Guide Training March 20 from 1-3:30 p.m.

    *Orchid Preview Volunteers March 23 from 4-7 p.m. (photographer, greeter, ticketing)

    *Orchid Festival Volunteers March 24-24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (membership table) *Info Desk Training March 26 from 2-4 p.m.

    *New Volunteer Info Meeting April 2 from 2:30-4 p.m.

    *New Volunteer Info Meeting April 8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    *ecoEXPLORE/Backpack Training (for info desk vols) April 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. *New Volunteer Info Meeting April 19 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

    *Ask the Gardener Mondays- Assist visitors with plant-related questions (or help them research solutions using The North Carolina Arboretum resource library). Starts April 2. Contact Cat to express interest.

    *Library Hot Spots: West Asheville, Pack Memorial, Black Mountain, East Asheville, Oakley and Swannanoa. Contact Cat to express interest.

    *Trail Maintenance Crew: Help staff maintain trails and invasive species removal. Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Weekly commitment. Contact Cat to express interest.

    *Press Clipping Volunteer: Help archive articles related to TNCA. Flexible schedule, few hours weekly or bi-weekly. Contact Cat to express interest.

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  • Volunteer to help Finance Department. Volunteer will help with data entry 1-2 times a week (Quickbooks experience helpful but not necessary, background check required) Contact Cat for more information

Friends of DuPont Forest

A Six Week Wildlife Series.
Henderson County Public Library 301 North Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC 28739

  • The Snakes of Henderson County. Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30. 
  • Listed Animal Species of Henderson County. Tuesday, February 6th. at 6:30.
  • The Mammals of Hendersonville County. Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30. 

Click on the link above for more information.

  • Presentation at the Weaverville Library on April 10 at 7:00 pm.
  • Guest naturalist at the Snowbird Mountain Lodge leading walks throughout the area from April 14 through the 20th.

Friends of Roan Mountain

  • Check out upcoming events at Roan Mountain. 

The Collider

  • Movie Nights at the Collider in downtown Asheville
    science-based films and events preceded by a reception with free beer and popcorn.

For more information click The Collider link above. 


The Cradle of Forestry

  • Opening Day Celebration: Old Time Plowing And Folkways. Saturday, Apr 7, 2018. 9:00 am5:00 pm. General Admission

  • Bogs, Bugs And Beavers Guided Walks. Saturday, Apr 28, 2018. 10:00 am5:00 pm
    1st walk- 10:30am
    2nd walk- 2:00pm

For more information click on The Cradle of Forestry link. 

High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants & Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians

Friday, February 2, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm10:00pm)
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Mayer Gallery 423 West King Street  Boone NC   (828) 262-3017
Faculty and staff in the Department of Biology

Guest curated by faculty and staff in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, High Country Herbarium: Preserving Plants and Plant Communities in the Southern Appalachians through Art and Science, is a collaborative and interdisciplinary exhibit displaying herbarium vouchers from Appalachian State University’s I. W. Carpenter, Jr. Herbarium, with paintings and drawings, photography, music and poetry written specifically for the exhibit.