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Cradle of Forestry to Host Monarch Butterfly Program

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to attend the “Bring Back the Monarchs” program on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Forest Discovery Center.

Noted naturalist and educator Ina Warren will present this lively multimedia program with assistance from master gardener Joyce Pearsall. Both presenters are official conservation specialists with the Monarch Watch program at the University of Kansas.

The program will cover biology basics of the monarch’s life cycle and annual migration. The event offers information on threats these butterflies face in central Mexico in the winter as well as in their summer breeding habitat in the United States. Additionally, the program will cover the importance of their sole larval food source, milkweeds. Discussions will include the technique of tagging monarchs, sharing ideas for raising monarchs in the classroom and at home, and ways to grow native milkweeds and other native nectar-rich plant species for establishing Monarch Waystations vital to monarch survival. A tour of the Cradle’s Monarch Waystation will be offered after the presentation.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes are honored with free admission. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.  For information on the Monarch Watch program visit www.monarchwatch.org. Click here for information about the role of butterflies and other pollinators in plant reproduction.

The Cradle of Forestry Hosts Afternoon Tea with Llamas

Friday, August 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer “Afternoon Tea with Llamas” on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. The llamas will carry your lunches or snacks on this easy walk along the Forest Discovery Trail at the Cradle of Forestry. Organizers will provide ice tea and cups.

George Appenzeller and Sarah Meadows, founders of the nonprofit Challenge Adventures, will lead the program. The nonprofit organization provides hiking and camping adventure programs for youth groups.

Appenzeller and Meadows will explain traits that make llamas good pack animals, and also good trail companions. Visitors will hear about the llamas’ cooperative social structure that presents humans with an example of teamwork and caring.

As the group walks the Forest Discovery Trail, children can take turns leading the llamas. The group will stop and picnic along the trail. This moderate, two-mile walk travels through scenic woods and by the 1914 Climax logging locomotive.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults. Youth 15 and younger are admitted free. Golden Age passports and America the Beautiful passes are honored. In addition to the llama program, this fee includes the Forest Discovery Center with 15 hands-on exhibits, two films, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails, the Adventure Zone, and living history interpreters.

      The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.

Celebrate Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party August 2

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites kids of all ages to Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Smokey Bear turns 70 years old this year.

The fire prevention bear will help cut his birthday cake and meet and greet his friends during the celebration. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth ages 4-15 and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. Admission is free for children under four years old.

Activities during Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party are held in front of the Forest Discovery Center, indoors if it is raining. The fun includes music, making birthday cards, fire-fighting equipment demonstrations, Smokey Bingo, Pin-the-Pail on the Campfire, prize drawings, birthday cake and of course, Smokey Bear. Party favor bags for children include a little book “The True Story of Smokey Bear,” the Smokey Bear song and Smokey memorabilia. Families are welcome to pack a picnic. Hob Nob at the Cradle will offer barbeque during the party.

At 1:30 p.m., the party continues with a live animal program. Meet native wildlife and learn about their lives in Smokey’s woods.

Party Schedule:

11:00 – Welcome, children’s music, Smokey  Bear Song

11:00-12:30 – Smokey Bear games and crafts

11:15 – Smokey arrives to greet his friends

11:30 – Songs about Smokey’s forests and animal friends; prize drawings

12:25 – Smokey returns after visiting his forest

12:30 – Happy Birthday Song and cake

12:35 – More prizes and grand prize (Smokey doll)

1:00 – Games and crafts end; party-goers are invited to explore the Forest Discovery Center

1:30- 2:30 – Live animal program

Throughout the day, guests are invited to enjoy all the Cradle of Forestry has to offer. Visitors can explore the 15 hands-on exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center, including the firefighting helicopter simulator and the scavenger hunt. A collection of Smokey artwork by Rudy Wendelin, famed Smokey Bear illustrator who created Smokey’s image as we know him today, is on display. The Adventure Zone offers exploration and play designed for children along the autism spectrum, but enjoyed by everyone. Smokey’s party, the Forest Discovery Center, and the Cradle’s two interpretive trails are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

     The Cradle of Forestry is located on U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 412. For more information, call the Cradle of Forestry at 828-877-3130 or online at www.cradleofforestry.org.

Songcatchers Music Series Presents The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America’s annual Songcatchers Music Series closes on July 27 with the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers.

Now in its 12th year, the series is held each Sunday afternoon in July, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It honors traditional mountain music, and the talented performers who preserve it, share it, and make it their own. This year’s series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

From Upstate South Carolina, the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers bring together a unique mix of old-time traditional string band tunes, historical ballads, early country songs and the works of contemporary songwriters. Their music relives the times when great changes were taking place in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s and beyond.

Concerts take place in the Cradle’s covered outdoor amphitheater, and move indoors if the weather is stormy. The stage show begins with an old-time string band from Transylvania County at 4:00. The main group plays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Local old-time musicians play informally by the Cradle’s wildlife habitat garden at 2:30 p.m. before the concert.

Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, the Giving Tree gift shop, and food from Hob Nob at the Cradle of Forestry. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible and will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Songcatchers Sundays.

Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.

Cradle of Forestry Songcatcher Series

Monday, July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America’s annual Songcatchers Music Series continues on July 20 with Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt.

Now in its 12th year, the series is held each Sunday afternoon in July, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It honors traditional mountain music and the talented performers who preserve it, share it and make it their own. This year’s series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. These talented young women use all the creative tools they can think of: storytelling, research, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry and handmade moving scrolls called “crankies.” Anna and Elizabeth honor the lives and creativity of those who have gone before us – ancestors, pioneers, friends and teachers. They enjoy bringing to life old ballads, tunes, hymns and stories of everyday people, as well as sharing traditions with today’s youth.

Concerts take place in the Cradle’s covered outdoor amphitheater, and move indoors if the weather is stormy. Anna and Elizabeth’s show is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local old-time musicians will play informally by the Cradle’s wildlife habitat garden before and after the concert.

Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, the Giving Tree gift shop, and food from Hob Nob at the Cradle of Forestry. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible and will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Songcatchers Sundays.

The series closes with the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers string band on July 27.

Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, call 828-877-3130 or visit www.cradleofforestry.org.

The USDA Forest Service manages the Cradle of Forestry, the birthplace of modern forestry in America. Visitors enjoy mountain music at the Cradle as it fits into the late 1800s to early 1900s feel of the historic site.

Cradle of Forestry Celebrates Train History Day

Friday, July 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to enjoy a July 19 program about western North Carolina’s logging train history and the 1914 Climax logging locomotive on display at the Cradle. Visitors will learn about the locomotive and explore the rich history of a time when many livelihoods depended on logging trains winding their way through the area’s forest coves.

Western North Carolina train historian Jerry Ledford will present a slide program at 10:30 a.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. The program features old photographs of the real people and places that are part of local logging history. After each program, Ledford will lead the group on the wheelchair accessible Forest Festival Trail to see the Cradle’s old Climax locomotive and discuss its history and mechanics.

Members of the Asheville Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will display a hands-on railroad yard and HO-scale switching layout. Learn how to switch tracks, move railroad cars within the yard and set up an entire train from engine to caboose. Enjoy seeing pictures from the Southern Railway in the 1950s, old railroad lanterns and other railroad memorabilia.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports are honored. Admission includes the film, There’s Magic at the Cradle, the Forest Discovery Center with 15 hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org.

Cradle of Forestry Celebrates Bug Day

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America invites all ages to learn about insects and their relatives on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event will be held in and around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center and commemorates National Pollinator Week, June 16-23.

Activities include pond explorations at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., bug hunts at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a guided walk titled “Mysteries on Forest Leaves” at 3 p.m. looking evidence of plant/insect interrelationships, and ongoing games and crafts.

Meet monarch butterfly caterpillars and learn about their lifecycle and conservation. Beekeepers Mike and Matt Elliot from Pure Pisgah Honey will display their enclosed  observation hive containing thousands of live honeybees from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about the fascinating lifecycle of these social insects, how honey is made and how to get started as a beekeeper.

At 1:30 p.m., Cradle of Forestry interpreter Devin Gentry will present a program “Why Are We Letting the Grass Grow?” addressing a continuing project to convert selected lawn areas around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center to native landscaping. This effort to sustain the interdependence between plants and pollinators, including monarchs, can be duplicated by homeowners.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5.00 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age passes. Admission includes the film There’s Magic at the Cradle, 15 hands-on exhibits, a scavenger hunt, the Adventure Zone, and historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.com

Cradle of Forestry Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America today announced that it will hold a nature and educational series titled “Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club” every Thursday this summer, beginning June 12 and ending August 14. Programs are held from 10:30 a.m.-to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“The Curiosity Club allows kids, ages 4 to 7, and their special adults to participate in a variety of outdoor-oriented activities, exploring a forest-related theme that engages young children in the natural world around them,” said Cindy Carpenter, interpretive specialist at the Cradle of Forestry. “The Curiosity Club’s blend of investigation and creativity can help children “lend a hand, care for the land,” which is the mission of Woodsy Owl, the U.S. Forest Service’s conservation symbol.”

During the program, each child receives a copy of the book, Woodsy Owl’s ABC’s,and makes a topic-related craft to take home. Kids can try the scavenger hunt inside the Forest Discovery Center and explore paved interpretive trails, perfect for strollers and wheelchairs. Other activities include the Adventure Zone, designed for children on the autism spectrum yet enjoyable for all, as well as historic cabins, antique logging locomotive and sawmill, and gift shop. Families can pack a picnic and enjoy a full day in the forest.

This year’s topics are:

  • June 12 – Get Outside
  • June 19 – Pollination Sensation
  • June 26 – Poking Around the Pond
  • July 3 – Mountain Melodies
  • July 10 – After-dark Animals
  • July 17 – Bird is the Word
  • July 24 – Talking About Trees
  • July 31 – Fire in the Forest
  • August 7 – Celebrating Snakes
  • August 14 – Spinning a Food Web

The Curiosity Club costs $4 per child and $2.50 for adults for each program. Registration is required as space is limited. Call the Cradle of Forestry at (828) 877-3130 to register.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. Visit www.cradleofforestry.org for more information about the site. Visit www.fs.fed.us/kids/ for online youth-oriented information and resources related to natural resources and the environment.

Cradle of Forestry Frog Program

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America invites the public to attend “Frog Love in the Pink Beds,” Feb. 15, 2014. The program’s indoor portion begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Forest Discovery Center and is followed by a guided walk to seek out frog habitats near the Center and along a portion of the Pink Beds Trail, returning by 4:00 p.m.

Warm, wet weather this time of year can pull frogs from their hiding places to find mates and lay eggs in woodland waters. The program explores this ages-old phenomenon that gives the hope of spring. The indoor slide presentation focuses on the natural history of the wood frog and amphibian conservation. The program moves outdoors about 2:00 p.m. to peek at the garden pool directly behind the Center that has been attracting frogs since its construction in 1996. If the timing is not right for frogs, it may be right for seeing eggs or tadpoles.

After a discussion by the garden pool, Cradle staff will host a guided walk to the boardwalks along the Pink Beds Trail to look for natural amphibian haunts and other features of the woods.

Since frogs love rain, the program will be held unless wintry conditions make travel to the Cradle of Forestry hazardous. Call the Cradle at 828-877-3130 with questions. The program is free, but donations are welcome.

The Cradle of Forestry is located in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, on NC Highway 276, 6 miles north of Looking Glass Falls and 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Daily operations and services for the 2014 season begin on April 12. Visit www.cradleofforestry.com for information about the Cradle of Forestry in America.

Cradle of Forestry Presents “The Legend of Tommy Hodges”

Friday, October 25th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry will entertain audiences with an outdoor drama titled “The Legend of Tommy Hodges” on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 with shows at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

During the outdoor performance, visitors will hear the story of Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School, who disappeared Halloween night in 1907. A guide will lead the audience around the paved Biltmore Campus Trail at the Cradle of Forestry to find out what happened that night.

As audience members approach each historic cabin in the forest, they will meet characters who lived in the Pink Beds area at that time. For instance they may meet Mr. Jenny, storekeeper for the Biltmore Forest School’s commissary, or the school’s carpenter, Judson Meece, or students from the forestry school.

Characters are based on Biltmore Forest School student diaries that families donated to the USDA Forest Service for the Cradle of Forestry. Students recorded their experiences in these diaries between the years 1903 and 1907. As the audience meets each group of characters, they will leave with a sense of what life was like a century ago.

This is the 18th year the Cradle has offered the play, with each year presenting a different twist to the tale. The show is one-mile long, meaning the audience walks one mile to see the entire play. It is most suitable for ages six and up. Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a flashlight. Diamond Brand Outdoors is the presenting sponsor.

Admission to the show is $6.00 for ages 16 and up, $3.00 for youth 15 and under and holders of America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passports. Hot cider and cookies will be served after each show. Ponchos and other raingear are welcome if the weather is showery, but please leave umbrellas at home. Please call the Cradle at 828-877-3130 if the weather is severe as the show may be cancelled. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, N.C. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to www.cradleofforestry.org