Outdoors Briefs

Youth and family activities

Creepy crawlies come to Jackson Library

Learn about the creepy crawlies of Western North Carolina at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Jackson County Public Library. 

The Balsam Mountain Trust will provide this installation of the Summer Learning Program’s Wild Wednesdays series. Register for the program at the Youth Services Desk on the library’s first floor, download the Read Squared app or visit fontanalib.org/summer. Free and co-sponsored by the Jackson County Public Library and Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016.


Trail experience welcomes first-time backpackers

Take your family on a first-timers backpacking trip June 28-30 with Outdoor Mission Community. 

OMC will provide the equipment and take participants 3.5 miles on the Appalachian Trail to Ice Water Springs. The group will set up camp and stay there two nights, going on a day hike to Charlies Bunion the next day. 

Grandparents and grandkids welcome. Space limited. Sign up with Jamie Shackelford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336.583.9932.

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