1) Grandfather Mountain Offers Introduction to Orienteering
As the summer months roll in with incredibly beautiful weather, it is time for the second of this year’s guided hike series: Introduction to Orienteering. This June 8 activity instructs participants on how to use a map and compass to navigate across unfamiliar terrain. It will teach guests how to read topographic maps, navigate various terrain and vegetation, and to be able to understand how to read and communicate coordinates. Participants will also embark on a practice course to test their new skills.
“This will be a fun activity for young and old,” said Chief Interpretive Ranger Gabe Taylor. “We will learn the basics of getting from point A to point B without the help of a GPS.”
No prior registration is necessary and the experience is free to guests with paid admission to Grandfather Mountain. Interested patrons should meet at the Woods Walk picnic area at 11:00 a.m. The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the earth’s resources. For more information about guided hikes at Grandfather Mountain, visitwww.grandfather.com or call 800-468-7325.
2) 2013 Little Buckeye Summer Camp
School is out and it is that time of the year again for your little camper to come out and enjoy all the great activities the Buckeye Summer Camp has to offer. Your camper will have the opportunity to appreciate the true meaning of what Summer Camp is really about by being fully immersed in wonderful activities such as hiking, learning outdoor survival skills, fishing, sports, amazing special guests, and so much more! The Buckeye Summer Camp has a new set of adventures and fun activities each week that will leave a timeless memory on your little camper!
3) Town of Beech Mountain Kid’s Fishing Derby
Kids grab your fishing poles and bait and head on down to Lake Coffey for Beech Mountain’s Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Come spend the day on the lake as you catch all the fish you can! Prizes will be awarded for numerous categories throughout the Derby. This is a wonderful way to spend time with your family and to get outdoors! The fish will be biting, are the little fishermen and fisherwomen up for the challenge!
4) Elkland Arts Center Liberty Parade
Elkland Arts Center, a vibrant community arts nonprofit located in Todd, is gearing up for the Liberty Parade! Held every year on July 4th, this fun, family-friendly event is free and accessible to everyone.
This year, EAC is celebrating the element of FIRE, and we hope you will join us and fan the flame of your creative spirit! There are costumes and props for all paraders to wear and carry, poetry and dance space, music and sound-making instruments, and much more – all to help you fan your flame!
We have several opportunities for you to get involved throughout the month of June. Elkland Art Center is hosting adult artist workdays every Friday from 1-4pm. Every Saturday from 1-3pm, ALL ages and skill levels are welcome to come and create something for the parade. We are currently seeking volunteers for the Liberty Parade, and we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of this parade.