“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 2017 —

  • Save the Hemlocks: Tuesday Feb. 21, 2017, 5:30-7:00 pm at the West Asheville Library. Our native Eastern and Carolina Hemlocks are being ravaged by a tiny non-native insect: the hemlock woolly adelgid. Margot Wallston and Sara deFossett, of the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, will describe how the organization is taking steps to help the trees resist the adelgids and survive to maturity, eventually restoring health and vitality to damaged forest ecosystems. Open to the public.

— MARCH 2017 —

  • Wildflowers of the Blue Ridge:  Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 at the West Asheville Library presented by local naturalist and photographer, Scott Dean. Scott will give us a head start on our spring wildflower season with photographs and discussions of how the season affects their growth and life cycle, reproductive strategies and a lot of folklore associated with them. Open to the public.

— APRIL 2017 —

  • Annual Spring Wildflower Walk:  Wednesday, April 19, at Big Creek campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. BRNN member, Charlotte Caplan, will lead an easy hike up the Baxter Creek trail, where we should find 40+ species, Including Trilliums, Orchids, Violets, Phacelia and others. Carpools: (1) 8:45AM at the K-Mart plaza on Patton Ave. in West Asheville, about ½ mile west of the Jeff Bowen Bridge. Park near the Wells Fargo branch (2) 9:20AM at the Exxon station on Jonathan Creek Rd (Hwy 276) near I-40 at Exit 20. Bring a packed lunch. Members only.

–  MAY 2017 –

  • National Parks Conservation Association: Tuesday, May 9th  5:30-7:00 pm at  Pack Memorial Library downtown. Jeff Hunter, Program Manager, SE Region will present. Open to the public.

— JUNE 2017 —


  • Field Trip to Panthertown Valley:  Field Trip to Panthertown Valley – Thursday June 22. Ken Czanomski will lead us through a unique landscape of granite cliffs and waterfalls. Meet to carpool 8:45 AM at the Mills River Ingles parking lot on Hwy 280. Bring lunch and expect to be out all day. Members only.

— JULY 2017 —

  • Astronomy Presentation:  Tuesday, July 11. 5:30-7:00 pm at West Asheville Library. Berni Arghiere, part president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville will be our presenter and will give us a  pre-view of the solar eclipse due on Aug 21.  Open to the public.

— AUGUST 2017 —

  • Mushroom Walk:  Tuesday, August 1. We will walk slowly along a trail in the Pisgah National Forest to look for mushrooms and discuss their roles in forest ecology.  Carpool at 8:30 AM at the Ingles on Brevard Road (I-26 Exit 33). Members only.

— SEPTEMBER 2017 —

  • Butterfly Walk.  Sept. 12th 10;00-2;00. With Gail Lankford as our butterfly expert, we will hike through the meadows and woodland edges at Purchase Knob, high up in the Great Smokies, looking for late summer butterflies.  Bring a lunch. Members only.
  • Volunteer Activity Hike.  Date and time to be arranged. Members will participate as citizen scientists in the annual “Bioblitz” at Pink Beds and the Cradle of Forestry.  Members only.

— OCTOBER 2017 —

  • “Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas” – Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7:00 pm at West Asheville Library. Author/photographer Tim Barnwell will introduce his published guide Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas to what you can see from the many overlooks along the Parkway.  He will also present his newest release, Great Smokey Mountains and have books for sale. Open to the public.

— NOVEMBER 2017 —


  • Holiday Potluck, Business Meeting & Naturalist of the Year award – Thurs. Nov 16, 6:00-8:00 pm
    We will meet in the Zabriski parish hall at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village to share a meal of home-cooked dishes, hold a brief annual general meeting, and celebrate our 2017 Blue Ridge Naturalist of the Year – someone you know and love! Please bring a covered dish with serving utensils and a label that lists any ingredients that some people might need to avoid: meat, wheat, dairy, nuts, wild mushrooms, etc. Open to the public. 

— DECEMBER 2017 —