Saturday, September 24 (National Public Lands Day)

Concurrent Sessions: Guided walks 8:00 am-9:00pm

A great opportunity to explore with the knowledge of experts and naturalists for guided walks through Pink Beds, collecting species data along the way.

8:00am, 1:30pm-Guided bird walk

9:00am-12:00pm- 3 mile “All Species” walk (more advanced identification skills)

10:00 am, 12:30 pm- Shrub & Tree Walk-Botany

10:30 am, 3:00pm, 6:00pm -Reptiles & Amphibians-Herpetology

10:00 am- Aquatic Surveys- Entomology

11:00am, 2:00pm- Mushrooms & Fungi-Mycology

11:00am, 1:00pm- Herbaceous Flora-Botany

1:00pm- Fish shocking

2:30pm- Ecology Walk


10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:00pm-Biltmore Campus Trail historic tour at Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center

5:00 pm– Final updated species counts and event highlights. All participants encouraged to go to Oskar Blues to celebrate Pisgah Pride Day and National Public Lands Day

6:00- 9:00pm Bat walk and mist netting, Evening walks for nocturnal surveys, Moths and nocturnal insects (white sheet display)



Educational and Interactive Booths: 10:00am-5:00pm

10:00am-5:00pm Species tallying ongoing

10:00am-5:30pm Identification aid station

10:00am-5:00pm– iNaturalist Troubleshooting

10:00am-5:00pm “Safely Searching for Wildlife” – 15 minute demonstrations throughout day

10:00-4:00 Wild South

10:00-4:00 Mushroom identification with UNC-A Mycology class

10:00-4:00 Pisgah Forest Gem Mining behind Forest Discovery Center

10:00-4:00 Tree Taggr and impact of wooly adelgids on eastern hemlocks

10:00-4:00 Nature journaling and sketching tips