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Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation to Host NatuRally Beech Weekend July 2-3

On Saturday and Sunday, July 2nd and 3rd the Town of Beech Mountain will host its first Annual NatuRally Beech Weekend. This naturalist-rally style event will feature naturalist and expert-led programs, hikes, and workshops on our local environment.

Saturday, July 2nd Schedule of Events:

10:30 am – Heirloom Apples of Beech Mountain & the High Country (Doug Hundley, NC Agricultural Extension-Avery County)

12:30 pm – Lunch*

1:00 pm – Bears and Bear Safe Communities (Tanya Poole, NC Wildlife Commission)

2:30 pm – Gardening with Native Plants (Dr. Annkatrin Rose, Appalachian State University)

8:00 pm – Twilight Hike (Ranger Luke Appling, Grandfather Mountain State Park)

Sunday, July 3rd Schedule of Events:

9:00 am – Native Plants for the Landscape (Paige Patterson, NC Agricultural Extension – Watauga Co.)

10:00 am – Beech Creek Bog Hike* (Kelsey Stines, Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation) **Meet at EMO Baselot**

2:00 pm – Birds of Prey & Snakes w/ live animals! (Ranger JR Tinch, Roan Mountain State Park)

4:00 pm – Salamanders of the High Country (Amanda Smithson, Beech Mountain Parks & Recreation)

7:00 pm – Sunset Photography Workshop (Joey Brower, Nomadic Traveler Photography)

All programs and hikes with the exception of the Beech Creek Bog Hike will take place at/begin from the Buckeye Recreation Center, 1330 Pine Ridge Road, Beech Mountain NC 28604. Bog Hike will depart from the EMO Baselot, across from Beech Mountain Town Hall.

Fred’s Deli will be providing bagged lunches for the event. Choices include a garden salad for $6 (please request dressing), a turkey & swiss sandwich on wheat, or a roast beef & American on white for $5.50. Sandwiches come with a bag of chips and a cookie. Please contact the recreation center with your meal request and payment no later than Friday, July 1st at 4:00 pm if you would like to reserve a lunch.


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Amanda Smithson at 828-387-3003 or email at recassistant@townofbeechmountain.com.