Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
Regional science fair coming to WCU
The work of Western North Carolina’s youngest scientific minds will be on display Feb. 16 -17 at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity center.
The Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair will bring together elementary, middle and high school students from 16 counties — and the 250 to 300 science projects they’ve worked hard to create.
In keeping with the 2016 fair theme “Science in the Stars,” Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will give a presentation from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., with a scavenger hunt among the exhibits and interactive stations for visiting students to be held 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. each day. The projects will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Tuesday is dedicated to projects from 3rd through 5th graders and Wednesday is for 6th through 12th grade.
The Highlands Biological Station and Nature Center, Mainspring Conservation Trust and various WCU departments and clubs will host exhibits as well.
Free, with activities open to the public and students regardless of whether they’ve submitted a project.
828.227.7397 or sciencefair.wcu.edu.
Get the inside scoop on Smokies adventures
Cabin fever might kick up a notch following a program on the best day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at REI in Asheville.
The presentation, “Find Your Park with Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains,” will include a rundown of park entrances, facilities, hikes, camping and other opportunities, as well as the schedule of monthly Classic Hikes of the Smokies organized by Friends of the Smokies. Danny Bernstein and Anna Lee Zanetti, who lead the Classic Hikes series, will give the presentation.
Free, with registration required at www.rei.com/learn.
Get a jump on healthy living
A six-week course exploring the behavior changes key to cultivating a healthier lifestyle will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Haywood County Senior Resource Center in Waynesville.
During the weekly one-hour meetings, participants in Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina will get help creating new habits, tracking their progress through a journal of healthy eating and physical activity.
Outhouse races return to Sapphire Valley
There’s still time to sign up to celebrate winter the natural way — by racing outhouses on skis down a hill at Sapphire Valley Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Participants can build their own outhouse or rent one.
The zany outhouse race has become a regular event. The day will start with barbeque and live music at noon and conclude with the race at 3 p.m.
$100 entry fee, an additional $25 to rent an outhouse. Proceeds to benefit Fish and Loaves food pantry in Cashiers.