Audubon Birding: Intro Walk n’ Talk
June 17th 2017
10:30am – 12:30pm
FREE PROGRAM with entry fee
Audubon bird expert Bill Lotz will guide us through an intro to birding at the highest point in Georgia. Immerse yourself into the secret life of birds with a guided walk n’ talk around the Visitor Center, Wagon Train Trail, and parking lot.
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, Binoculars, and a Birding book if you have one
What to Expect: Program will start in the parking lot rock pavilion. Please arrive a few minutes early.
**Bill Lotz is a long time member of Atlanta Audubon Society and Georgia Ornithological Society. He served on the GOS Executive Committee for 10 years and was the Vice President for 8 years. His dedicated passion will open your eyes and ears to the world of birds!
Appalachian Trail Day
June 24th 2017
11am – 4pm
FREE PROGRAM with park entry
Ever wonder what life is like on the Appalachian Trail?
What do you carry? What do you see? How did it come to be?
Join us in celebrating the Appalachian Trail by hearing stories from thru hikers and trail builders; Watch an Emmy nominated AT film; Feel the weight of living on the trail through our pack demos; Hike through 14 states on our mini-AT; Learn about the history of the AT in Georgia; Be part of the AT community!
11AM: “Trail Magic, the Grandma Gatewood Story”
Gripping and inspirational, this Emmy nominated “Best Historical Documentary” will have a special showing in our Mountain Top Theater. With no real equipment and no real experience, the spirit of the first woman to hike the AT back in the 1950’s lives on!
**arrive early for a seat!
11AM- 4PM: AT Village!
There will be tents set up with “What’s in that bag?” Learn from “Freedom” and “Carefree” what AT hikers carry, and don’t carry! Try on a weighted pack. Hike our mini-AT through 14 states. Visit with Georgia Appalachian Trail Club members and find out how you can help!
Take a HIKE! Starting at 180 Spur, the Jack’s Knob trail is a blue blaze access trail to the AT via 5 mile round trip day hike. You can extend it by starting at the parking lot for a total of 10 miles round trip.
Mobile Archaeology Bus
July 1st 2017
11am – 3pm
FREE PROGRAM with entry fee
Meet Georgia Archaeologists and discover Georgia’s hidden heritage aboard the mobile archaeology bus!
The ArchaeoBus is a traveling emissary for the Society for Georgia Archaeology, bringing educational programs to kids and adults around the state. The bus will be parked at Brasstown Bald where visitors can tour the displays in the bus and participate in programs and workshops.
The Society for Georgia Archaeology promotes the identification, investigation, preservation and protection of archaeological sites and resources throughout the state of Georgia. SGA members work with private landowners, school groups, a historic house museum, and individuals to raise the public’s awareness of archeological sites and resources in planning, development and management.
CCC Boys and The Barefoot Ranger
July 8th 2017
11am – 2pm
FREE program with park entry!
Come listen and learn the epic stories of the Civilian Conservation Corps and North Georgia’s Barefoot Ranger Arthur Woody, both monumental in the creation of Brasstown Bald as we know it today!
From 1933 to 1942, the public work relief program Civilian Conservation Corps, hired over 3 million young men out of the depression to help with the conservation and development of America’s natural resources. Arthur Woody, the first forest ranger of the Chattahoochee National Forest, led a camp of men in building a fire tower on the top of Brasstown Bald along with many other significant projects in the area.
“American Experience: The Civilian Conservation Corps”
PBS documentary in our Mountain Top Theatre.
1:00 PM- Book Talk and Discussion
Presentation and discussion with Duncan Dobie, author of the newly released book, “Arthur Woody and the Legend of the Barefoot Ranger. Book sale and signing to follow.
First come first serve as space allows. Our theater is only so big; arrive early to get a seat!
Geology and Natural Communities Talk & Walk
July 15th 2017
11:30am – 2pm
FREE PROGRAM with Entry Fee
400 million years ago…..that’s how we will begin as two authors team up to reveal the geology of the Brasstown Bald area and how it influences plants and animals!
Geologist Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia and biogeographer Dr. Leslie Edwards, co-author of Natural Communities of Georgia, will present a slide talk, “A Window through Time: Geology and Nature at Georgia’s Highest Summit,” followed by a book signing and a walk along the mountain.
RESERVE your spot in the theater at http://georgiarocks.us/events/#Register
11:30 AM -12:30PM: Mountain Top Theater Talk
*Please arrive early enough to allow yourself time to hike or shuttle up to the theater
12:30 -1 PM: Books available for purchase and signed by the authors
1 – 2 PM: The walk begins at the Visitors Center, heads down the Summit Trail, and ends at the parking lot
Smokey Bear Birthday Party
July 29, 2017
Smokey is coming to Brasstown Bald for his Birthday! Come help us celebrate and sing Happy Birthday! Free cake for everyone, plus crafts for kids, a scavenger hunt, and the opportunity to become a Junior Ranger!
Forest to Faucets
August 5, 2017
11AM – 1PM
Cold crystal clear water rises up from the ground and flows down the mountain sides of Brasstown Bald and to the rivers Hiawassee, Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi, and finally into the Gulf of Mexico. This is the water you drink, swim and bathe in, and eventually ocean creatures will live in. How does your daily life affect the quality our water? Come find out from the Hiawassee Watershed Coalition’s walk & talk program “Forest to Faucets.”
Rattlesnakes of Appalachia
Description: Rattlesnakes are some of the last predators left in the Blue Ridge Mountains and they are local residents to Brasstown Bald Mountain. On June 10, Dr. Chris Jenkins, CEO of the Orianne Society and snake researcher, will present a slide talk “Rattlesnakes of Appalachia” along with a real live native Georgia snake.
FREE with Park Admission
Date: June 10, 2017
Cost: Free with park entry
Ages: Suitable for ages
Max people: 42
What you need? Bring a curious mind and your camera
What to expect? Program will take place in the Mountain Top Theatre. Please arrive with enough time to make your way to the top by hiking or shuttle bus. There is limited seating. Those with reservations will be guaranteed a seat.
RESERVATIONS: Limited space available, register online or call 706-896-2556 to reserve your spot.
Mountain Top Wildflower Paint-Along: Watercolor Class
Wildflowers that last! Take home the beauty of Brasstown Bald’s Spring Wildflowers through painting your own art masterpiece. Local artist and watercolor educator Joyce Clair will teach an outdoor painting class for a special Mother’s Day eve on top of the Bald. This unique painting experience will be a fun and easy 2 hour class for anyone age 9 and over. No previous painting experience required. Joyce will guide you step-by-step to complete a wildflower painting for yourself or to give as a gift!
May 13, Saturday, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$35 per person, includes all supplies
Class size limited to 8 participants, minimum 4
What to bring: sun protection, clothes you might get paint on, and your mother!
What to expect: Meet in grassy courtyard below Visitors Center. Allow yourself time to hike or shuttle to the top before the class starts. Weather conditions could cancel the program with refunds issued.
Joyce Clair is a local artist and member of Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild and regularly teaches watercolor painting to beginners at Artworks in Hiawassee, Helen Arts Center, Blue Ridge Arts Center, and Murphy Arts Center. Visit www.artworkgalleryga.com for more information about the guild and classes offered.
Walk on the Wildside: Interpretive Wildflower Hike
Where the wildflowers themselves are the destination. Enlighten your senses and learn secret stories of the wildflowers of the Brasstown Bald Park and Wilderness Area! Our guide, Adam Bigelow, owner of Bigelow’s Botanical Excursions, will lead the group on a half day interpretive wildflower hike through Georgia’s only cloud forest. Adam will touch on topics such as how to find and identify wildflowers, ethics on use and harvesting of wild plants, as well as the geology, insects, soil biology and ecology that shape each wildflowers’ uniqueness.
May 13, Saturday 10AM – 2PM
$20 per person, bring your own lunch for a picnic
Class size limited to 15 people, minimum 8
What to bring: sun/ weather protection, sturdy shoes for hiking, water, picnic lunch, wildflower book if you have one, and your mother!
What to expect: Gentle 3 mile out and back walk N’ talk style hike on part of the Wagon Train Trail, program starts and returns to the rock pavilion next to the parking lot, meeting 15 minutes prior to start time. Lunch will be taken on the trail. Rain or shine.
Adam Bigelow has lead wildflower walks for the Great Smoky Mountains Association, Highlands Biological Station, Cullowhee Native Plants Conference, North American Rock Garden Society, and many other groups and individuals. He holds degrees in both Horticulture and Environmental Science and is a member of the Steering Committee for the renowned Cullowhee Native Plants Conference.