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Knot Crazy: Basic Knots with Clyde Carter

Knot Crazy: Basic Knots with Clyde Carter

This two-hour workshop will focus on basic knots used in the application of outdoor pursuits. The goal will be to learn how to choose the appropriate knot for the situation at hand and to know how to tie it efficiently. Selected knots will be based on the interest and experience of the participants. Meet at 4703 Island Ford Rd., Brevard, NC Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
Safety in the Outdoors

Safety in the Outdoors

This workshop will introduce a risk assessment and safety management model. Then that model will be applied as we investigate the most common dangers and hazards in the backcountry and explore steps to mitigate those risks. Topics will include: encounters with wildlife (snakes, bears, insects, etc.), lightning and weather related hazards, toxic plants, water crossings, sketchy humans, hazards in camp, sound decision-making, and more. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

Outdoor “Thrival” Skills

“Survival” skills have captured the imagination of many armchair adventurers, but do you know the actual skills needed not just to survive but to THRIVE in the outdoors? In this half day hands-on workshop we will focus on what you REALLY need to know. Topics will include the 10 Essentials, creating a shelter, finding and purifying water, fire building, signaling, navigating, and more. Don’t become a search and rescue statistic. Join us and become more responsible and self-sufficient in the outdoors. Class sizes are intentionally small to offer participants guided hands-on practice. Visit our website to... Read More
Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel

Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel

Red Spruce & Carolina Flying Squirrel A 78-Foot Red Spruce from Pisgah Travels to DC as the US Capitol Christmas Tree The assortment of fir trees and evergreens that thrive in the higher elevations of Brevard and Transylvania County is one of the area’s most scenic and treasured signs of life in our mountains.  Among these, the red spruce stands tall and is particularly important not just to our area but to the region beyond. Known as the “Redwoods of the East,” North Carolina’s red spruce is the largest conifer indigenous to the Southern Appalachians. Its spindly, high-reaching branches rise up like an island in the sky over the high tops of the Blue Ridge, providing color and texture to the landscape and a critical pocket ecosystem for flora and fauna, among them Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels, which are listed as federally endangered. These delightful, furry aviators enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the red spruce via a particular underground fungus. These fungi provide water and nutrients for the trees and receive sugars in return. The squirrels then spread the spores through the forest, which helps the red spruce. Many decades of logging and wildfires led to a precipitous decline in the Appalachian red spruce by the middle of the 20th century. In 2013, Transylvania County’s Southern Highlands Reserve (SHR), a nonprofit, high-elevation native plant garden and research center, undertook a partnership with the Nature Conservancy to restore red spruce trees to the Southern Appalachians. Two years later, in 2015,... Read More
Brevard College Alum Toni Kiser discusses her book: LOYAL FORCES

Brevard College Alum Toni Kiser discusses her book: LOYAL FORCES

October 20 Program – Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II By Greg Ehr for the Hendersonville Times-News The Brevard College History Program and the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas are pleased to host Brevard College alumna Toni McCourt Kiser for a discussion of her book, Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II on October 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Ingram Auditorium on the Brevard College campus. https://theveteransmuseum.org/loyal-forces-the-american-animals-of-world-war-ii/ Kiser works for the National WWII Museum in New Orleans and was a history major at the college. “Toni had a passion for history that made her an excellent student,” says Dr. Margaret L. Brown, Coordinator of the History Program. “She wrote an outstanding senior project on the iconography of Catherine of Sienna.” Brown also recalls that she served as an organized and effective president of Pastimes, the History Club. After Brevard College, Kiser earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies in Washington D.C. She served as an intern one summer at the Biltmore Estate, working with their rare book collection, cataloging and reporting on the condition of rare 19th century works. She also worked for the Freemasons at their headquarters and official archives in Washington D.C. Working at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans has turned into a dream job for Kiser. “At first I really wanted to work at a historic house like the Biltmore or Allison Deaver. When the U.S. Navy stationed my husband in New Orleans, I applied for museum jobs... Read More
Be Waterfall Wise

Be Waterfall Wise

Be Waterfall Wise Waterfalls are part of the identity of Brevard and Transylvania County. There are more than 250 cascades scattered throughout the county, earning us the nickname “Land of Waterfalls.” While we encourage visitors and residents alike to enjoy these natural wonders, we also want to remind everyone to Be Waterfall Wise when you are in their proximity. Every year, people are seriously injured and even die around waterfalls. Over the past several years, the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority has worked closely with our forest and park managers and a variety of public safety organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of waterfalls by creating a campaign to promote safe practices around waterfalls. As a result, the number of injuries and fatalities has been dramatically reduced. But accidents still happen, and we’re committed to sharing our safety messaging to keep you and your loved ones safe. If you’re planning a trip to Brevard – or anywhere near waterfalls – please familiarize yourself with these seven simple waterfall safety tips: OBSERVE all posted signs leading to waterfall areas. DO NOT swim or wade upstream near a waterfall. STAY on marked trails and observation areas. WATCH for slick rocks around waterfalls. DO NOT jump off waterfalls or dive into pools. WATCH your children and pets at all times. DO NOT climb on rocks above waist height. Follow @explorebrevardnc on Instagram and @explorebrevard on Facebook to stay abreast of current conditions and the latest waterfall advisories. You’ll also find helpful... Read More
Women’s Backpacking Full-Day Workshop and Trip

Women’s Backpacking Full-Day Workshop and Trip

This introductory workshop is for adults of all fitness levels who identify as women and want to deepen their connection to the wilderness and build their confidence in the outdoors. Learn the basics from trip planning, equipment selection, camp craft, nutrition and camp cooking, shelter and site selection, map reading, and outdoor ethics. Participants are encouraged to take a hands-on approach and learn cooperatively with their classmates, sharing their experience and enthusiasm. At the end of the in-class training, you will pack your backpack, lace up your hiking boots, and put your knowledge into practice with an overnight backpacking trip in the forest. Loaner gear available. Full-day workshop at 9am on Friday, March 10th, followed by an overnight backpacking trip on March 11-12. Cost of $245 Covers the full-day workshop and the overnight... Read More
Navigation; The Next Step

Navigation; The Next Step

Take the next step in your navigation journey. Build on the skills presented in our Basic Map and Compass Navigation workshop. We will travel into the Pisgah National Forest for hands-on practice learning to navigate off-trail. Topics include: determining your location, route finding, navigating around an obstacle, taking and following a bearing from the map, and using the map and compass to find the quickest way out in case of an emergency. This workshop is for those who already have the basics mastered. Join our Basic Navigation Workshop on March 21st if you are looking for a class for... Read More
Canoeing 101: Canoeing Classes and Canoe Camping Trip

Canoeing 101: Canoeing Classes and Canoe Camping Trip

This event is a series of two classes followed by a weekend canoe camping trip on the French Broad River. Class 1: Canoeing 101-Part 1. Join Clyde Carter and Jayne Fought for the first in a two-part beginner canoe class. This first class is held on flat water (lake), and instruction is focused on paddling strokes, boat control, maneuvers, equipment, and personal gear. Participants of this course and Canoeing 101 Part 2 will be eligible to sign up for the French Broad Multi-Day Canoe Trip! Boats and equipment provided. May 22, 5:30-8:30pm Class 2: Canoeing 101-Part 2. Join Clyde Carter and Jayne Fought for the second in a two-part beginner canoe class. This first class is held on moving water (river), and Instruction is focused on continuing to develop paddling strokes, boat control, maneuvers, equipment, river reading, and river safety. Participants of this course (and Canoeing 101 – Part 1) will be eligible to sign up for the French Broad Multi-Day Canoe Trip! Boats and equipment provided. May 24, 5:30-8:30pm Canoe Camping Trip, May 26-28. This trip is available to participants of the Canoeing 101 Classes. Join us for a three day, two night guided trip on the French Broad River. Put the skills you’ve learned into practice and enjoy a fun-filled time paddling and camping with us on the French Broad River Paddle Trail. We will depart on Friday and return on Sunday. Canoes, paddles and life jackets provided. Camping gear is available to rent if needed. Cost... Read More