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Join Forces Virtually for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 

WNC for the Planet, a collective of local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with virtual opportunities for environmental education, advocacy and community events across Western North Carolina. 

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Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina postpones public celebration  due to Covid-19

jam in the trees

Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina has postponed the Oak Hill Community Park and Forest celebration, originally planned for Saturday, March 28, until further notice.    The conservancy will share information about the new event date in the upcoming months. Stay up to date on conservancy events by visiting foothillsconservancy.org/events. 

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Highland Brewing Co opens walking trails with beer release

wanderlush hazy adventure ale

On March 7 at 5 PM, Highland will embark on a new adventure with the official opening of the first phase of walking trails that sprawl throughout the brewery’s 40-acre campus. The opening will be highlighted by a guided hike led by Highland’s President and Family-Owner, Leah Wong Ashburn, alongside National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and record-holder for through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Jennifer Pharr Davis.

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Shindig on the Green with Ashgrove Garland Dancers, Asheville Morris Dancers

Shindig on the Green® is proud to welcome the Ashgrove Garland Dancers and Asheville Morris Dancers to open the evening on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park.

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Wine Added to July’s Brews and Bears Fundraiser at the WNC Nature Center

brews and bears wnc nature center

Wine-lovers are invited to the WNC Nature Center’s third Brews and Bears event of the summer on Friday, July 12, from 5:30-8:00PM. The after-hours event allows friends, families, and colleagues to enjoy the Nature Center in the evening, when animals are more active in their habitats.

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Asheville Navitat Discount Days Support the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies and Navitat Canopy Adventures are partnering to show their love for Great Smoky Mountains National Park on four special days this summer. Call and mention Friends of the Smokies to book your adventure with Navitat Asheville or Navitat Knoxville for June 15, July 30, August 17, or September 28 to receive a 10% discount, plus a portion of sales will be donated directly back to Friends of the Smokies.

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Anything That Floats Parade 2019

Registration for the Anything That Floats Parade is now open! This parade features people from all walks of life as they express their creativity on the river. Teams work together to create all sorts of river vessels; some simple, some elaborate, some made from recycled materials, and others made with lots of flair. The sky is the limit, as long as it floats. Registration for the parade is $25 per float, if your team is interested in signing up you can visit riverlink.org/afp

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The Riveter Brings New Adventures to WNC

the riveter

A new fitness facility aims to take your adventures to new heights. Located just a stone’s throw from Sierra Nevada and the Asheville Regional Airport, the Riveter will join outdoor adventure and environmental sustainability with a 40,000 square foot facility perched above a 10-acre working farm leading down to the French Broad River.  “The business is based on adventure fitness, but to me is much bigger than that – it is a place that will really give people an opportunity to find their community, build on their passion, and train to crush their outdoor adventures,” said Elizabeth Jackson, founder of the Riveter.  Slated to open next winter, the Riveter will be home to 16,000+ square feet of climbing terrain; 18,000+ square feet of progressive jump lines, drop training, and the first Velosolutions Pump Park in the country; yoga studio; spin studio; community space; libation station; retail shop; and outdoor courses including a cross-country perimeter trail around the farm.  Jackson co-owns the Riveter with business partner Eric MacLeod, MD. Both MacLeod and Jackson are avid outdoor enthusiasts with a joint passion for conservation and adventure sports. “I’m most excited in creating a core location that brings the people of the community …

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Tap Into Your Wild Side at the Brews and Bears Summer Event Series

On Friday, May 10, from 5:30-8:00PM, the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of the 2019 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be four occurrences over the course of the summer, falling on the second Friday of each month: May 10, June 14, July 12, and August 9.

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Earth Day Kid’s Festival

Earth Day Kid’s Festival began 5 years ago as a way to bring the community together in celebration of our natural environment. A variety of environmental non-profits and organizations will come together to foster environmental consciousness and encourage our next generation of stewards to cherish our natural resources.

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