Scheduled Events Listed By Chapter

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Wildflower Walks with Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould

(9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. (see below for details))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Bloodroot by Ann Walter-Fromson)

Join Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould for Wednesday morning wildflower walks in March and April co-sponsored by the Triad Chapter of NCNPS, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society, and Forsyth Audubon. We will visit watershed trails and area preserves along with three new locations in Forsyth County to observe nature’s beautiful show of ephemeral spring wildflowers. Ann will lead the four walks in Guilford and Rockingham Counties and Lisa will lead the three walks in Forsyth County.

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of these walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

The dates and locations for these wildflower walks are (click “Read More” for detailed descriptions):
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 -  Laurel Bluff Trail, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
CANCELED 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 -  Salem Lake, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould. Due to the weather, this trip is canceled. It is a nice trail to visit anytime, so we hope you’ll visit on your own. We may plan a trip there in fall.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28 - Cascades Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
CANCELED10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 - Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 - Knight Brown Preserve, Rockingham County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18 -  Richardson-Taylor Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 - Black Walnut Bottoms, Bethania, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.

Please “Read More” for meeting locations and other details. Also find details in the March Nature Notes on the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society website.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

South Mountain State Park Wildflower Hike

(9:00 AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 9:00 and hike the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. The trail crosses the Jacob Fork River and reaches the High Shoals Waterfall one mile from the parking lot. The trail continues up steep steps and crosses the river again above the waterfall. Turn right at trail intersections and return to the parking lot via the “backside” of the loop. The trail is a 2.7 mile loop and is rated strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and pack plenty of water and a lunch.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 NCNPS Spring Trip April 27-29

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Mark your calendars and make your reservations NOW! We are excited about our upcoming Spring Outing, April 27-29, in the southern mountain town of Franklin, NC. Due to its small size, lodging for a group can be challenging so early reservations are suggested if you want to be close to fellow members. We have reserved a block of rooms with a great discount at the Comfort Inn (828-369-9200). The total cost per room, per night, is $88.60 ($77.70 plus tax), with breakfast included. When making reservations please ask for the group rate for NCNPS. This price will be good until March 22, 2018. After that, you will have to pay the full price.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Matt Gocke:  Fundamentals of Vegetative Propagation and Vegetative Methods for Propagating Herbaceous and Woody Plants

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Participants will be exposed to the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and learn methods for propagating herbaceous and woody plants by means of division, root cuttings and stem cuttings. Discussion will include methods applicable to home gardeners and larger propagation operations. Plants native to the southeastern United States will be emphasized.

A resident of Durham, NC, Matt Gocke is currently the nursery and greenhouse manager at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC. His responsibilities at the Garden include seed and vegetative propagation of southeastern US native plants for use in the NCBG habitats and landscapes and for sale to the general public. Prior to working at the NCBG, Matt landscaped and was a Master’s student and staff member at NC State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. His research focus was vegetative propagation.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


(9:00 AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 9:00 and quickly run a shuttle to the other end of our hike. The hike will be fairly moderate. We will hike about .5 miles up to the ridge and then follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea trail southward towards Bull Gap and the shuttle car at Ox Creek Road for a total of about 3 miles. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.


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Thursday, May 31, 2018


(9:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet in the parking area at 9:00. We will hike approximately 3-3.5 miles – mostly the Hollow Rock Trail. Please not that all the trails at Rocky Face are strenuous. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and food. We will eat lunch at the top and enjoy the beautiful view before looping around and heading back down.


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Monday, June 11, 2018


(10:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at the parking area for the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop Trail. We will focus on the many fern species that are along the trail and learn about key features that will help with fern identification. The U.S. Forest Service describes the trail “as a figure eight pattern. On the lower slopes it traverses through an acidic cove forest dominated by tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), black birch (Betula lenta), yellow buckeye (Aesculus flava), and sadly dead eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). The upper slopes along the trail support a rich cove forest dominated by tulip poplar, yellow buckeye, basswood (Tilia americana var. heterophylla), red oak (Quercus rubra), silverbell (Halesia tetraptera), and cucumber-tree (Magnolia acuminata).”
Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water to drink. After the hike we can have lunch in the picnic area and possibly explore another trail if people feel up to it!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


(9:00AM - 3:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will start at the Craggy Gardens picnic area and follow the Mountain-to-the-Sea Trail to where it crosses the BRP near the Graybeard Mt. Overlook.  This will be about a 3 mile hike. At the end of the hike we can do an optional and short hike, 1.4-mile roundtrip, to the top of the 5,892-foot summit Craggy Pinnacle at Craggy Gardens. At the top is a spectacular 360-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Please wear sturdy shoes, bring raingear, plenty of water, and snacks.


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Monday, August 06, 2018


(9:00AM - 2:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 9:00 at milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is a grassy area for cars to park. But be careful and do not block the gate. The hike is along an old gravel road and gradually climbs to an old fire tower. The hike is moderate and about 1.5 miles roundtrip. The view is spectacular and there are several other side trails to explore! Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Friday, September 14, 2018


(8:00AM - 3:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

“Hike this double-summit, ultra-scenic five-mile loop on the Art Loeb and Ivestor Gap trails, summiting Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain. It’s a sun-drenched, blueberry and blackberry-filled adventure over two bald mountains to some incredible views.”  The 5.1 mile roundtrip hike is rated moderate. Weather can change quickly especially at these elevations so come prepared and bring plenty of water and food. After the hike we can visit the hanging bog at Wolf Mt. overlook along the BRP.


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2018 Calendar
Spring Picnic and Annual Meeting June 2, 2018, Hagen Stone Park, Greensboro

Board Meeting dates:

March 24, 2018 - Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, Greensboro
May 19, 2018 - Reynolda Branch Library, Winston-Salem
August 18, 2018 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
November 10, 2018 - Charlotte, TBD

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM - Meeting Places TBD

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