Past Events – NC Blue Ridge

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Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.

Bug Day and National Pollinator Week Celebration

Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site

The Cradle of Forestry invites the curious of all ages to learn about insects and other arthropods and their important roles in nature. ? This event will be held in and around the Forest Discovery Center at the Cradle of Forestry. ? Bug hunts, pond explorations, buggy games and crafts ? Guided walk in search […]

Free – $5

Firefly Twilight Tour

Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site

? Enjoy the magical evening forest and learn about the natural history of fascinatingfireflies. ? This wheelchair accessible program beings in the Cradle of Forestry’s amphitheater by the Forest Festival Trail with a talk interpreting fireflies’ life cycle and unique features, and a craft for children. ? Look for fireflies and explore the surrounding forest […]

National Get Outdoors Day Celebration

Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site

The Cradle of Forestry celebrates National Get Outdoors Day, established in 2008 bythe USDA Forest Service to encourage Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public lands. The day includes skill teaching and demonstrations by the area’s outdoor recreation community. Admission to the site is FREE on […]

“Bogs, Bugs and Beavers” Guided Walks

Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site

Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, theirwetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they initiate. Programs begin in the Forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers. Duration of each program is approximately 90 minutes, with a total walking distance of 1.75 miles.

Free – $5

Garden Day

Cradle of Forestry in America Historic Site

Attend a program about our lawn-to-meadow conversion, visit with interpreters at our National Wildlife Federation certified backyard habitat or monarch waystation, and lend a hand planting seeds in our vegetable heritage garden.

Free – $5