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Outdoors roundup

Bring social media to the farm

Learn how to use social media to promote your farm business during a one-hour seminar at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6. 

Offered by EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems, the session will provide a step-by-step guide to add those tools to existing marketing plans. Register at bit.ly/3arhpwd.

 

Celebrate the Tuck

An Earth Day celebration originally planned for April 24 has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 8, at Monteith Park in Dillsboro. 

The Tuckaseigee Watershed Eco-Fest, sponsored by the Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River, will offer opportunities to get close-up, hands-on experience with stream insects and to learn more about WATR’s work to protect the Tuckaseigee River. 

www.watrnc.org.

 

Clean up N.C. 

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Neighborhood Cleanup Challenge is seeking volunteers to participate in communities across the state May 8-16. 

Participants can collect trash solo or with a group. For every 25 pounds collected (a bag holds an estimated 15 pounds), NCWF will plant a native tree. The goal is to collect 25,000 pounds over the course of the challenge and 70,000 pounds for the year. The group or individual that removes the most pounds of litter will be recognized with a “golden” trash grabber. 

Register at bit.ly/331Qxiu

 

Get the NPS app

A new app is now available to help visitors explore all 423 national parks in America. 

The National Park Service app was created by park rangers with visitors in mind. It includes interactive and downloadable maps, tour schedules and locations of interest. While in the park, visitors can access self-guided tours to learn more about the park and create and share a virtual postcard to stay informed of alerts and closures. 

The free app is available from both Apple and Google Play. 

 

DWR launches data tool

A new mapping and data tool from the N.C. Division of Water Resources is now available, providing easy access to several commonly searched locations and data types. 

Available information from the DWR Locater Map includes monitoring/sampling locations, permitted sites with related laserfiche links, 401/Buffer/Wetlands information, the impaired waters list, surface water classifications and shellfish growing areas. This all-in-one application offers important location information and can be customized based on search needs. 

Access the tool through the DWR landing page at www.deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources.

 

Drink beer for a cause

A nonprofit supporting wilderness rescue crews in Western North Carolina will hold a fundraiser next week in conjunction with Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. 

From May 10-15, $1 for every 7 Clans Blonde Ale draft purchased will go toward the WNC Wilderness Safety Fund. Those who wish to learn more about the organization can stop by an information table that will be set up May 14-15.

www.wncwildernesssafety.org.

 

Sign up for soccer

Registration for four-on-four soccer leagues in Cullowhee and Cashiers will be open throughout the month of May. 

The league is open to ages 14 and up, with a limit of eight teams per league. Games will start the week of June 14 and will be played Tuesday nights in Cashiers and Thursday nights in Cullowhee. 

Per-team fee is $200. Register at www.rec.jacksonnc.org.  

Make your own terrarium

Build a terrarium during a workshop offered 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, at 828 Market on Main in Waynesville. 

The class is accessible to beginning and experienced crafters alike, covering air plants, care tips, design principles and more. Everything needed to create a terrarium will be provided, including containers, plants, shells, driftwood, gemstones and more, along with a gift box and care instructions. Participants are welcome to bring their own figurines or design additions as well. 

$30, with tickets available at www.vivid-event.com.