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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Help out with wildlife education

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education needs volunteers to accommodate increased seasonal visitation, looking for folks to answer questions about the fish hatchery, help with maintenance, assist with fishing instruction and cover the front desk. 

The center is located near Brevard along the Davidson River. It includes various aquariums, nature trails and the neighboring Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery. Hours through November are Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

To volunteer, call 828.877.4423. 


Azaleas on display

The 58th Rhododendron and Azalea Show, organized by the American Rhododendron Society’s Southeastern chapter, will be at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville April 29-30.

The show will be on display noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 31, with a guided trail walk down the arboretum’s National Native Azalea Collection offered at 1 p.m. April 29 and April 30, starting from the Baker Exhibit Center lobby. Trained volunteers will lead participants on a 2.5-mile walk to discuss the collection, which represents nearly all native azalea species in the U.S. 

Free with $14 parking fee. Donations to the N.C. Arboretum Society are welcomed. 


Spring into paddling

The NOC Spring Fling will offer gear demos, a vendor fair and a family-friendly freestyle event April 29-30 at Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. 

The event will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, when the vendor fair, gear demos and Nantahala Cascades release begin. The Nantahala River Club 4Fun Freestyle will be held at noon, with kids surfing and family activities 2-4 p.m. The following day, a release at the Nantahala Cascades will make for exciting paddling 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free. A full schedule is available at


Shoot for soccer camp

Summer may still be a ways away, but it’s not too early to plan for soccer camp. Both Haywood and Jackson County recreation departments are offering multiple options for anyone looking to spend some time on the field. 

AYSO Soccer Camp will be held June 26-30 for ages 4-18 at Vance Street Park in Waynesville. A variety of programs will be offered, each geared to a different age group, and costs will range from $149 to $205. Register at 888.857.6222 or

Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp will return to Waynesville July 24-28, available for players ages 3-14. British Soccer Camp is based on the most innovative approaches to coaching soccer in the U.S. and Canada. Prices range from $85 to $192. A free jersey is included through June 9. Daniel Hummel, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

British Soccer Camp will be offered for kids ages 3 to 16 July 24-28 at the Jackson County Recreation Park in Cullowhee. Multiple registration options are available, ranging from $45 to $143.

The Challenger Sports Female Development Soccer Camp will be offered July 24-28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. A half-day camp for girls 6-14 and a full-day camp for girls 8-14 will be offered, costing $158 and $202, respectively. Led by an all-female staff, the camp will seek to maximize the development of female players and to encourage their growth into confident, competitive, driven and determined athletes. Register at


Learn how to ski walk

As many as 20 people have been gathering at Monteith Park in Dillsboro the past few weeks as part of a new group dedicated to learning ski walking — and even more are welcome to join the crew that will meet there 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays through May 22. 

Ski walking, a training tool used by competitive cross-country skiers to maintain strength in the off-season, is a walking technique that uses a specially designed pole, allowing for active use of the upper body through use of a Nordic ski strap. Ski walking results in increased circulation, strength and heart rate without a perceived increase in exertion. The metabolic rate while ski walking is 20 percent higher than while walking with 30 percent less stress on weight-bearing joints. 

Poles provided. Organized by Jackson County Cooperative Extension. Register by calling 828.586.4009.

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