“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ― John Muir

Purchase Knob

—Purchase Knob, December 2016, courtesy of Ken Czarnomski

Evening meetings are open to the public; field trips (in blue) are for members only.
Dates, locations, & topics may be subject to change.

Please visit out Citizen Scientist page for volunteer oppurtunities.

— FEBRUARY 2018 —

The North Carolina Asheville Urban/Suburban Bear Study. Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Join Jennifer Strules, Project Biologist and Wildlife Biologist, for a summary presentation on the study’s objectives, early. findings, and proactive strategies for successfully co-existing with Black bears. This study has been a collaboration between North Carolina State University and the North Carolina  Wildlife Resources Commission to better understand how bears  are utilizing suburban spaces and to inform current and future bear management strategies. Tuesday February 20, 2018 at the West Asheville library starting at 5:30 p.m. Open to the public.


BRNN Board Meeting – Tuesday, February 13 at Green Sage Cafe Cafe Westgate Plaza 5:00 p.m.

— MARCH 2018 –

Blue Ridge Birds and Birding with Simon Thompson a nationally recognized ornithologist and owner of Venture Birding Tours will present valuable information on bird watching and identification.Tuesday, March 20, 5:30-7:00pm at the West Asheville Library.
Open to the Public

— APRIL 2018 —

Annual Spring Wildflower Walk- Thursday, April 12, 2018. Join us as we identify spring wildflowers on an easy hike at Big Creek, in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Bring a lunch. Members only 

Carpool at the K-mart plaza on Patton Avenue in West Asheville about ½ mile west of Jeff Bowen Bridge at 8:45 am or meet at the Exon station on Jonathan Creek Road south of I-40, exit 20 at 9:20 am.

BRNN Board Meeting – Tuesday, April 17 at Green Sage Cafe Westgate Plaza 2:30 pm.

–  MAY 2018 –

Waterfall Hike – Monday May 14, 2018. Carpool at the Mills River Ingles on Brevard Road (I-26 at Exit 33) at 8:30 am.
Rain date, Friday May 18, 2018
Come and walk in to see 3 waterfalls-Laurie Falls in Middle Prong wilderness, (Haywood County), Dill Falls in Nantahala National Forest, (Jackson County )and Courthouse Falls in Pisgah National Forest, (Transylvania County.)
Be prepared for at least 5 miles of walking. We will be driving to limited parking sites using forest services roads to do short walks at three different locations. THIS IS AN ALL-DAY EVENT. Bring your lunch. Members only

— JUNE 2018 —

Volunteer Activity Hike- Saturday, June 16, time to be arranged
Members will participate as citizen scientists in the annual “Bioblitz” at Pink Beds and the Cradle of Forestry. Members only.

— JULY 2018 —

Nantahala National Forest, A History-Tuesday, July 10, 5:30-7:00 pm at the West Asheville Library.
The West Asheville Library and Blue Ridge Naturalist Network present Marci Spencer, a naturalist, historian and author. Marci will take us on a tour of the Nantahala National Forest, her newest release. She will have books for sale. Open to the Public.

— AUGUST 2018 —

Purchase Knob Revisited- Date and Time to be determined
Join the Blue Ridge Naturalist Network for a butterfly educational walk at the top of Purchase knob located in the Great Smokey Mountains along the Cataloochee divide. We will gently hike through meadows and woodland edges with Gail Lankford as our butterfly expert looking for summer butterflies.
Carpools: 8:45 am at the K-Mart plaza on Patton Avenue in West Asheville about 1/2 mile west of the Jeff Bowen Bridge.
Carpools: 9:15 am lake Junalaska, Bethea Welcome Center. Take I-40 west exit 27 to US 74 west towards Waynesville. Turn on Us-19, Exit 103 and proceed to Lake Junalaska located on your left.
Bring a lunch. Members only.

— SEPTEMBER 2018 —

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Field Trip-Date and time to be arranged
Members only.

— OCTOBER 2018 —

High Elevation Hike to Clingmans Dome-Date and time to be arranged.
Members only.

— NOVEMBER 2018 —

Annual BRNN Potluck Meeting-The Cathedral of ALL SOULS-date and time to be arranged.
Members only.

— DECEMBER 2018 —