Monarch Butterfly Day
Sep
23
10:00am10:00am

Monarch Butterfly Day

Known for their stately colors and elegant wings, millions of monarch butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles from across North America to Mexico each fall, where they cluster in about a dozen small areas. Unfortunately, the monarch population has declined from 556 million in 2004 to a historic low of 33.5 million in 2014. This is due to the butterflies’ dramatic loss of habitat and food sources, including the milkweed plant.

As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day on September 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The North Carolina Arboretum. Join the Arboretum in welcoming these regal flyers with a day full of monarch releases, crafts and fun in the outdoors.

ecoEXPLORERS ONLY:

Complete your Entomology Badge by attending meeting Entomology Science Mentor, Chris Goforth of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! We'll learn about what sort of work and entomologist does to study insects and tag and release monarch butterflies to see them off on their journey to Mexico. For more details on receiving an invitation to this program click here.

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EXPLORING Insects
Sep
9
11:00am11:00am

EXPLORING Insects

Scientists need YOUR help in studying insects everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to entomology, the study of insects. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Entomoloyg Field Badge and a free pass to Monarch Butterfly Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Skill Session: Great Sunflower Project
Sep
2
11:00am11:00am

Skill Session: Great Sunflower Project

Need some help completing the Entomology Challenge to earn your Entomology Field Badge? Join us as we record insect pollinators that visit flowers for food and complete your challenge.

Meet at the Baker Exhibit Center lower lobby next to the ecoEXPLORE Cart at 11:00 am. A limited number of ecoEXPLORERS can receive free parking! Email us at ecoexplore@ncarboretum.org with your Username to by Thursday, August 31 to inquire.

 

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EXPLORING Insects
Aug
17
11:00am11:00am

EXPLORING Insects

Scientists need YOUR help in studying insects everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to entomology, the study of insects. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Entomoloyg Field Badge and a free pass to Monarch Butterfly Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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EXPLORING Insects
Jul
27
11:00am11:00am

EXPLORING Insects

Scientists need YOUR help in studying insects everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to entomology, the study of insects. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Entomoloyg Field Badge and a free pass to Monarch Butterfly Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Box Turtle Day
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Box Turtle Day

The third annual Box Turtle Day celebrates North Carolina’s state reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle. Participants can sign up for guided box turtle telemetry hunts, watch live reptile demonstrations, make turtle crafts and follow Shelly the Turtle along the Arboretum’s self-guided TRACK Trail. 

The famous Boykin spaniel “Turtle Dogs” will demonstrate how they are trained to safely find and retrieve box turtles and participants will be able to actively search for turtles around our property to measure, record and release.

 

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EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians
Jun
7
11:00am11:00am

EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians

Scientists need YOUR help in studying reptiles and amphibians everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina Home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Herpetology Field Badge and a free pass to Box Turtle Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians
May
31
4:00pm 4:00pm

EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians

Scientists need YOUR help in studying reptiles and amphibians everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina Home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Herpetology Field Badge and a free pass to Box Turtle Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians
May
25
4:00pm 4:00pm

EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians

Scientists need YOUR help in studying reptiles and amphibians everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina Home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Herpetology Field Badge and a free pass to Box Turtle Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Pop-up HotSpot: Pink Beds BioBlitz
May
20
6:30am 6:30am

Pop-up HotSpot: Pink Beds BioBlitz

Pre-register by May 13 to Receive Free Admission to the Cradle of Forestry!

This event, hosted by the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site and Discovery Center, is open to all and a great way to make Shares as you help scientists find as many species in one day as possible. ecoEXPLORE will have a table at the event from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, so feel free to drop by and say hello! There will be food available for sale at Cafe' at the Cradle from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The entire Pink Beds/Cradle of Forestry will serve as a HotSpot for any observations made during the event, so all Shares made by ecoEXPLORERS will earn a bonus point for this Pop-Up HotSpot!

 

Schedule of Events

6:30am-9:00am           Morning Bird Walk; meet at Pink Beds Picnic Area (begins at 7:00am)

9:30am                        Check-In at Pink Beds Picnic Area and choose your Zone

10:00am-12:00pm       BIOBLITZ! take lots of photos!

12:30pm-2:00pm        Congregate in Discovery Center to upload your observations to iNaturalist and draw raffle prizes

7:30pm-10:00pm        Guided amphibian & reptile walk; Meet at Pink Beds Picnic Area and bring your flashlight!

*Please note schedule is subject to change depending on availability of hike leaders and scientists.

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Pop-Up HotSpot: Montreat Native Plant Sale
Apr
29
10:00am10:00am

Pop-Up HotSpot: Montreat Native Plant Sale

Join us at Montreat's Native Plant Sale and Arbor Day!

All of Montreat will serve as a HotSpot for any observations made during the event, so all Shares made by ecoEXPLORERS will earn a bonus point for this Pop-Up HotSpot! Plus find out how the Arboretum is helping scientists learn more about box turtles during a special preview of the fun we'll have at Box Turtle Day on June 10!

ecoEXPLORE will be tabling from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, so please drop by and say hello! Also, join us for our guided box turtle program from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and meet Shelly the eastern box turtle!

Find us at the Moore Center Field beside Lake Susan.

 

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EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians
Apr
27
4:00pm 4:00pm

EXPLORING Reptiles and Amphibians

Scientists need YOUR help in studying reptiles and amphibians everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians. You'll meet some real live animals who call Western North Carolina Home and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Herpetology Field Badge and a free pass to Box Turtle Day at the Arboretum on June 10. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Herpetology Season
Apr
9
to Jun 10

Herpetology Season

ecoEXPLORE slithers into Herpetology Season!

  • Earn a bonus point for each Share of a reptile or amphibian you submit.
  • Learn about herpetology and the ecoEXPLORE program at local libraries.
  • Join us for two bio-blitzes, one at our new MegaSpot, Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary and another at the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest.
  • Earn your Herpetology Badge!
    • Submit three shares of any organisms.
    • Complete the Herpetology Challenge by submitting an observation of a reptile or amphibian to the Carolina Herp Atlas.
    • Join us for an invite to special ecoEXPLORER-only programs during Box Turtle Day on June 10 and receive free parking at The North Carolina Arboretum for the entire event. Plus, join us for our second Lunch with a Scientist event!
    • Meet Herpetologists Ann Somers and learn how to measure, mark and track box turtles using radiotelemetry!
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2017 Mountain Science Expo
Apr
8
10:00am10:00am

2017 Mountain Science Expo

The Mountain Science Expo focuses on how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) are incorporated into our everyday lives. Come experience hands on demonstrations and experiments with professionals from Asheville Greenworks, RiverLink, WNC Nature Center, and so many more! This year’s event will feature Science Fair exhibits from more than 25 Western North Carolina school students who participated in the Project EXPLORE program.

From professional scientists and naturalists, to local businesses and organizations, Mountain Science Expo will explore the active science community in the mountains and where participants can find STEAM in their everyday lives.

ecoEXPLORERS who earn their Botany Badge receive a free invitation to the event and will have the opportunity to meet Botany Science Mentor Joe-Ann McCoy to learn how she collects and studies plants and tour her laboratory.

PLUS: ecoEXPLORERS are invited to enter the Citizen Science Contest to compete for over $1,000 in prizes! Open to all ecoEXPLORERS! Choose any plant or animal you have   observed. Create a tri-fold poster presentation that can include the following:

· Photos of the organism along with a map of where you found it and info on when you observed it.

· Maps that show where the organism is found in your region or state.

· Seasonal, or phenology information (when it hibernates, migrated, etc.).

· Other observations from iNaturalist.org.

· Any threats to the population and the places it lives.

· Ways people can help conserve the organism.

· Any art, photography or additional information you want to include

· POSTERS ARE DUE AT THE ARBORETUM BY 4:00 PM, 4/5/17.

· Winners will be announced at the Mountain Science Expo, 4/8/17.

 

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EXPLORING Botany Basics
Apr
1
2:30pm 2:30pm

EXPLORING Botany Basics

Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You'll use microscopes and magnifying glasses to observe plants up close and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a free pass to Mountain Science Expo on April 8, 2017. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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EXPLORING Botany Basics
Mar
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

EXPLORING Botany Basics

Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You'll use microscopes and magnifying glasses to observe plants up close and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a free pass to Mountain Science Expo on April 8, 2017. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Botany Skill Session: Collecting Plants
Mar
25
11:00am11:00am

Botany Skill Session: Collecting Plants

Plant collection is an important part of botany and can also be a great way to learn plant identification. ecoEXPLORERS will learn how to identify spring wildflowers and learn how to collect and preserve specimens. This activity will help those ecoEXPLORERS working on their Botany Field Badge. Participants receive five bonus points for attending.

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EXPLORING Botany Basics
Mar
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

EXPLORING Botany Basics

Scientists need YOUR help in studying plants everywhere, including your own backyard! Join us for an introduction to botany, the study of plants. You'll use microscopes and magnifying glasses to observe plants up close and learn how to join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS- kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. Participants, upon registering as a participant at www.ecoexplore.net, receive an ecoEXPLORE patch. Find out how you can earn your Botany Field Badge and a free pass to Mountain Science Expo on April 8, 2017. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

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Madison County MegaSpot Kick-off
Mar
18
11:00am11:00am

Madison County MegaSpot Kick-off

Join us in welcoming Madison County Public Library to ecoEXPLORE! We will debut six new HotSpots at the Marshall Public Library, also site of the Marshall Native Gardens Initiative. HotSpots will include:

  • Native Songbird Garden
  • Forest Farm
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Native Grasses Garden
  • Rain Garden
  • Fern Garden

The MegaSpot also features a GetSpot for trading in points for field tools and a LoanSpot for borrowing equipment to help ecoEXPLORERS make observations. The kick-off will include information on how to become an ecoEXPLORER as well as live animal demonstrations and more!

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Botany Field Skill Session: Winter Tree Identification
Feb
25
11:00am11:00am

Botany Field Skill Session: Winter Tree Identification

Our region is home to over 100 species of trees! Before leaves emerge in the spring it can be difficult to identify even common species. Learn the tips and tricks of winter tree identification including how to know trees by their bark and buds. Participating ecoEXPLORERS will earn 5 bonus points for attending!

 

 

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West Asheville Public Library Bird Count
Feb
18
11:00am11:00am

West Asheville Public Library Bird Count

Join us as we learn about how to help scientists study birds at your library and in your own neighborhood! Find out how to identify some common birds, then join us for a short walk around the library and West Asheville to participate in Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants get a FREE pair of ecoEXPLORE Binoculars and learn how to earn patches and field tools as they help scientists!

 

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