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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Farmfest to show off antique equipment

The 20th annual show of antique farm equipment will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5-6 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. 

The Ole Smoky Antique Tractor & Engine Association’s Spring Farmfest will include displays of antique tractors, engines and a flea market that will include crafts. A kids tractor train will also be offered. 

In addition to the displays, there will be a “parade of power” at 11 a.m. both days. 

Admission is free, with donations accepted. 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.775.5773.


Get knee-deep in tree ID

A half-day program at Haywood Community College will help participants get better acquainted with the tree species of the Southern Appalachians. 

This Student for a Day program will focus on tree identification with a beginner session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and an advanced session from noon to 4 p.m. the same day. 

Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m. The program is free and meets in Natural Resources Building 3300. 

Register at 828.627.4522. 


Meander with salamanders 

A short night hike in search of elusive amphibians will be the focus of the Salamander Meander at 9 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Highlands Nature Center. 

Naturalists will teach participants about salamander biology and identification before the hike. Flashlights are a must. 

$5 for ages 6 and up. Register with Patrick Brannon, 828.526.4123.


Get to know the Greenway

A program on “Beavers, Frogs and Creepy-Crawlies Who Live Along the Greenway” will bring the Little Tennessee River Greenway to life at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Big Bear Shelter. 

Greenway enthusiast George James will guide a walk to the Beaver Pond area and share information about the living things there. Children are welcome. 



Fracking documentary tour to hit Asheville 

A statewide tour of “Fracking Stories,” a screening of six short documentaries exploring the public health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — will come to Asheville at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Ferguson Auditorium of A-B Tech.

The screening is a response to last year’s lift of the state moratorium on fracking and subsequent approval of rules governing development, which many people believed to be inadequate. 

The tour is co-hosted by Clean Water for North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Appalachian Voices and Working Films. The Mountain Peoples Assembly and WNC Frack Free collaborated on the Asheville event. 


Up-close photo workshop is May 30

A workshop on “Close-up Outdoor Photography” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 30 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The workshop is hosted by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Learn the settings and techniques for getting the closest, sharpest images of the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a camera.

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is located on U.S. 276 south of the Parkway in Transylvania County.

Free, but pre-registration required. 828.877.4423 or


Learn how to handle backcountry emergencies

Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer a pair of outdoor safety courses this summer, providing training in wilderness first aid and river safety. Both courses will be taught by Cullowhee-based Landmark Learning. 

• A Wilderness First Aid certification course June 1-2 will cover the basics of how to think through an emergency in the backcountry and how to react. Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Lunch is provided. $170 with no prerequisites needed.

• A river safety and rescue course 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, will give participants some basic knowledge of how to handle emergencies on the water. Classes will be held at Waynesville Recreation Center and Dillsboro. $150, including lunch and transportation to Dillsboro and back.   

 Register with Tim Petrea, 828.456.2030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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