Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Fall Roan Mountain Naturalists’ Rally Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago the vision of a German immigrant, Freddie Behrend, became a reality with the establishment of the first Roan Mountain Naturalists’ Rally. Nature enthusiasts have been coming to Roan Mountain on the weekend after Labor Day ever since to celebrate the natural world.

This fall's rally continues to celebrate the natural world by providing two top speakers: Roan Mountain authority Jennifer Bauer, and Pisgah National Forest botanist, David Danley. The weekend also offers more trips than ever for participants, including two for handicapped folks.

This year's Fall Naturalist Rally includes hikes, bird-watching and night sky viewing led by Friends of Roan Mountain. During the day, on both Saturday and Sunday, dedicated professional and amateur naturalists will lead trips and conduct workshops on the Roan itself, and in Roan Mountain State Park. Trips or workshops at the fall rally will include birds, trees, wildflowers, ferns, mushrooms, nature hike for kids, medicinal & edible plants, fossil casting, reptiles, geology, rare plants, nature photography, butterflies and other insects, animal tracks and signs, wildflower pollinators, stream ecology, fish and a handicapped accessible nature walk.

The Rally will be held September 7-9. For more information, please click here or call 423-543-7576.

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