Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
Run in the new year
Start the new year right with the Run in 2014 5k Run, Walk, & Fun Run, set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the Jackson County Recreation Center. Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 9:30 a.m. The half mile fun run will begin at 11:45 a.m. Pre-registration cost for the 5k is $20; race day registration is $25. The first 100 participants to register will receive a long sleeve, wicking shirt. There is no cost for the half-mile Fun Run. The course will begin at the intersection in front of the Recreation Center. Once participants cross the intersection, they will loop around Cullowhee Valley School, then connect back into the park and use the bike trail on highway 107. Door prizes will be provided by Foot RX in Asheville. Winners of the various age groups will receive medals. And we will have refreshments following the race.
www.imathlete.com, (search: Run in 2014).
Think spring planting and saving seeds
Learn to save seeds at Seed Saving 101 at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the auditorium of the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Library. Lee Barnes, a local bioregional and permaculture specialist, geomancer and seed saving expert, will lead the discussion and teach the basics of seed saving. Local organic farmer John Young and Tina Masciarelli from “Buy Haywood” will also participate. Participants are urged to ask questions, share their experiences, following Barnes’ presentation. This program is timely because of next spring’s startup of a Seed Lending Library at the Haywood County Library.
New residential home educator program offered for January
A new family-centered educational program will be available next year at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Designed primarily for home educators, the new three-day program provides hands-on experiences to learn about nature and science. “What better way to study the intricacies of nature and the process of science than to go outside, where you can observe what’s right under your nose?” said Tiffany Beachy, Tremont’s citizen science coordinator. Throughout the year, families visit regularly to participate in Tremont’s citizen science programs – catching butterflies and salamanders, banding birds, or monitoring the changing of seasons, Beachy said. This program goes one step further and provides an in-depth residential experience specifically designed for families with children age 6 and older.
The program is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 20-22 at GSMI at Tremont. Participants will stay in Caylor Lodge, Tremont’s dormitory. The program allows family units to have their own section of bunks in the dorm, deepening the family experience. The cost is $400 for a family of four plus $90 for each additional person. All meals, coffee, tea and snacks are included.
Parks and recreation department to offer snow trips to Cataloochee