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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Croatan National Forest walk with Jeannie Kraus

(2 P.M. - 4 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

See Croatan National Forest with Jeannie Kraus, former education curator of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort and author/illustrator of A Guide to Ocean Dune Plants Common to North Carolina and A Guide to Salt Marsh Plants Common to North Carolina.

We will visit a recently burned area with abundant insectivorous plants as well as the beautiful Millis Rd Savanna Natural Area and other of Jeannie’s favorite spots.  To understand the ecology of the area, see Dirk Frankenberg’s The Nature of North Carolina’s Southern Coast: Barrier Islands, Coastal Waters, and Wetlands.  It is well worth reading the section, “Beaufort through Bogue Sound”, before the trip.

Alternate date in case of cancellation: October 26

Meet promptly at 2 PM at Patsy Pond trail parking lot located on HWY 24 midway between Cape Carteret and Morehead City, in the community of Ocean.  We will visit the sinkhole near the parking lot at Patsy Pond.  From there, we will caravan into the national forest and end at 4 pm on Millis Rd near Hwy 58, just north of Cedar Point and Cape Carteret.  To return to Patsy Pond:  Millis Rd ends at a paved road.  Turn left and then right to reach Hwy 58.  Turn left on 58 and then go east (left) on Hwy 24 to return to the starting point.


Directions: From the intersection of US 17 N and NC 24 E, go about 27 miles east on NC 24.  The entrance to the Patsy Pond trail is on the left, across the highway from the NC Coastal Federation office (3609 NC 24, Newport).

Heading west on NC 24, the trailhead is 1/2 mile west of Croatan High School.

Please dress appropriately and bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent and any snacks you require. There are no restrooms.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH STATE PARK WALK rescheduled

(9 A.M. - 11 A.M.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Carla Edwards, Park Ranger at CBSP, and Dr. AJ Bullard, expert on native woody vines, shrubs and trees, will lead the walk.  We will visit some newly burned areas where Longleaf habitat restoration is taking place and will end with the Flytrap Trail.

Several coastal ecosystems are present in the park. Forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak occupy the dry, coarse soil of a series of relict sand dunes. Between the dunes are dense shrub swamps, called pocosins, populated by pond pines, loblolly and sweet bay, yaupon and evergreen shrubs. Brackish marshes consisting primarily of cordgrasses and sedges can be found beyond the relict dunes adjacent to the river.  This is a special place, with 382 species of vascular plants within its boundary.

We will meet at the Visitors Center at 9 A.M. Please be on time.  The entrance for the park is on Dow Rd.  The park gates open at 8 am.  Follow the park entrance road until you see the Visitors Center on your right.

For directions to the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/directions.php

For a map of the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/pics/parkmap.pdf

Directions from 421 S:

From 421 S, stay straight to cross the bridge into Carolina Beach.  Take a right on Dow Rd.  Continue about .3 miles.  The park entrance is on your right.

Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.  Dress for the heat (hat, cool clothes, hiking shoes) and bring water and snacks.  There are rest rooms at the Visitors Center.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tour of Native Plant Terrace at UNCC Botanical Gardens

Event Sponsor: Charlotte Chapter

Tour the new Native Plant Terrace at the UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden led by Ed Davis, Landscape Architect

Our new garden blends our southeastern native flora, sustainable practices, and smart home landscape design together in a 1/5 acre showplace. The design for the “Mellichamp Native Terrace” artfully combines common home landscape features – wooden and stone terraces, low stone walls, gravel paths and a dry / stormwater-fed streambed. The garden will showcase a variety of native plants filling common landscape needs such as for groundcovers, specimen plants, flower borders, privacy hedges, and foundation plantings.

Visitors can see a completed Phase One which currently features a rain garden and a mini-meadow planting. Phase Two, a formal terrace demonstration garden, is under construction with the goal of being planted by this fall. NCNPS member and landscape architect, Ed Davis, will tour us through the garden and answer questions.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nature Walk led by Dr. Carrie Dejaco, McDowell Nature Preserve

(Meet at 2:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Charlotte Chapter

While most of the trails in the preserve are in the wooded areas, we will instead venture into the prairie area to view the late summer extravaganza of a display by many different types of asters such as the bright and beautiful goldenrod, which frequently gets blamed for folks’ ragweed allergies this time of year, and the warm-season grasses such as the 6-ft. tall Indian grass. 

This part of the preserve is not accessible via the main entrance and does not have much of a parking area.  Carrie suggests that we meet in the parking lot of the Nature Center and then carpool the mile or so to the prairie area.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Buck Creek Serpentine Hike, near Franklin, Nc

Event Sponsor: Asheville Chapter

20 September - (with optional 19th as overnight) with Western Carolina Botany Club and Southern Appalachian Plant Society.
We will hike Buck Creek Serpentine with Gary Kaufman, near Franklin NC. 

Let us know if you are overnighting at the Franklin Microtel ($54.), to be included in dinner reservation. ssflower2 At   gmail.com

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Big East Fork Trail Hike - June 28

Event Sponsor: Asheville Chapter

Big East Fork Trail, off 276, west of Blue Ridge Parkway, near Cruso (is the substitute for the previously scheduled Big Butt Trailhead in the area being repaired and forecast to open “late spring.”)
In Big East Fork, the sweet azaleas will be blooming in June, says Randy Burroughs, our guide.

RSVP to Susan, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) as there’s a legal limit of 10 per group on this trail, now would be good!
Instructions/reminder will be sent the week before

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Friday, October 03, 2014

2014 Fall Trip & General Meeting

(2:00 P.M. Friday, October 3 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, October 5)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

2014 Fall Trip: October 3–5, 2014, Pilot Mountain & Hanging Rock state parks and vicinity, Stokes & Surry counties, NC

Our 2014 Fall Trip, October 3–5, will take us to two of the Piedmont’s most distinctive sites, Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park, as well as to some protected areas in their vicinity.

The optional Friday afternoon walk will be at Pilot Mountain, and Friday evening we will enjoy some social time and a talk on the natural history of the area, by Dr. Ken Bridle (Stewardship Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and a former NCNPS president), who knows this area very well indeed.
Saturday Dr. Bridle will take us to some Piedmont Land Conservancy properties in the vicinity. Following a catered dinner Saturday night, NCNPS artist Betty Lou Chaika will share with us some of the drawings she’s made on NCNPS trips, and talk about plant communities we’ve visited.
Sunday morning will feature walks at Hanging Rock State Park.
Stay tuned for more details.
To register, go to http://northcarolinanativeplantsociety.wildapricot.org/ OR download the registration form.
NCNPS_Fall_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdfNCNPS_Fall_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdf

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