Gazers of the Galaxy
with Georgia astronomer, Alex Langoussis, FRAS
Every Friday night in September & October
8:30 – 10:30 pm – September
7:30 – 9:30 pm – October
Have you ever gazed up at the night sky and wondered what was “out there”? Now’s your chance to view Brasstown Bald’s scenic vista in a whole new light – or dark! We’ll be meeting up with our astronomy friends at the highest point in Georgia to discover the hidden mysteries of Georgia’s darkest sky. Astronomer, Alex Langoussis, will guide you though the night, interpreting the wonders of the universe through his galactic stories and expertise, with the opportunity to use a high powered telescope. You’ll help be “Guardian of the Galaxy” after spending an evening learning about the magic of deep space and northern Georgia’s incredible nightscape!
$20 per person, 13+
$10 children 6-12
with Atlanta Audubon Society
8 am – 10 am
Wake up with the birds, at Brasstown Bald!
Recognized as a birding “hotspot” by the National Audubon Society, the high elevation of Brasstown Bald hosts many bird species only found in more northern regions of the US that are here for early spring and summer breeding.
This is a great class as an introduction to birding or for a seasoned birder interested in learning more about the unique birds at Brasstown Bald. Passionate birder and Atlanta Audubon Education Director, Melanie Furr, will be leading this special program. Participants will be shuttled up the mountain at 8AM for a Mountain Top Theater presentation followed by a slow walk down the Summit Trail and around the parking lot using your new birding skills.
$10 per person
Pre-registration is required!
*Program price includes entrance fee and shuttle ride*
Junior Explorers Day
with the Natural Inquirer and Smokey Bear
11 am – 3 pm
Get Your Smokey On!
with U.S. Forest Service Wildland Firefighters and Towns County Fire Department
11 am – 3 pm
- Meet the fire fighters
- Experience real fire engines and fire fighting equipment
- Kids Crafts
- Story time with the one and only, Smokey Bear @ 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
- Earn a Junior Ranger program badge ($3 fee and takes about an hour to complete)
Appalachian Trail Day
with Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and Top of Georgia Education Center and Hostel
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
A Day in the Life…..on the Appalachian Trail
Picture yourself on the longest hiking footpath in the world! Your home on your back, a well worn path ahead of you, and beautiful scenery surrounding you. Starting right here in North Georgia at Brasstown Bald, all 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail has been compacted down to a bite size adventure for your ultimate mini-AT experience!
Immerse yourself in the behind the scenes of the “AT” by….
*Exploring our AT Base Camp Village
*Watching an Emmy nominated AT film in our Mountain Top Theater
*Discovering the equipment and supplies essential for hiking
*Taking a guided hike on the 0.6 mile mini-AT
*Visiting a mock backcountry campsite
*Submersing yourself into Georgia AT History at the mobile exhibit
*Meeting AT trail stewards, thru-hikers, and enthusiasts
EXPERIENCE the MAGIC OF THE TRAIL at Brasstown Bald! 2018 is an extra special year as we will be celebrating the 50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL TRAILS SYSTEM ACT. The Appalachian Trail is one of 11 National Scenic Trails in the system and the Chattahoochee National Forests is home to all 79 miles of the AT in Georgia.
“Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story”
11:30 AM and 1:30 PM
Gripping and inspirational, this Emmy nominated “Best Historical Documentary” will have two special showings 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.
Produced by arrangement with EdenValleyEnterprises.org
Brasstown Bald Recreation Area & Visitors Center is a proud AT Communities member.
Free Day-Long Event with park entry.
Forest to Faucets Walk n’ Talk
with Hiwassee River Watershed Coalititon
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cold crystal clear water rises up from the ground and flows down the mountain sides of Brasstown Bald and to the rivers Hiwassee, 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 Hiwassee Watershed Coalition’s walk & talk program “Forest to Faucets.”
Free program with park entry
Rattlesnakes of Appalachia
with the Orianne Society
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Rattlesnakes are some of the last predators left in the Blue Ridge Mountains and they are local residents to Brasstown Bald Mountain. On July 7, Dr. Chris Jenkins, snake researcher and CEO of the Georgia based Orianne Society, will present a slide talk “Rattlesnakes of Appalachia” along with a meet-n-greet with one of our native slithery friends. This is not to be missed!
Abby: The Mobile Archaeology Bus
with Society of Georgia Archaeologists
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
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 hands on activities.
Free program with park entry.
Bat House Building
with Habitat for Bats & Georgia DNR Bat Biologist, Trina Mooris
While you sleep at night nature’s pest control is out in full force! A bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito sized insects per hour and live up to 40 years. That’s a lot of pest control! While bats provide a beneficial service to you and our ecosystem, their populations are declining rapidly due to a white nose fungus. On July 28, you can learn more by attending a bat program and help by building your own bat house.
TIME: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Mountain Top Theater
(Open to all site guests. You do not have to build a bat house to participate in this free program!)
Presented by Trina Morris, Bat Biologist for Georgia Department of Natural Resources, on the research and conservation efforts being conducted on bats in Georgia. You will also have the chance to meet a Georgia bat, live and up close!
BAT HOUSE WORKSHOPS
Morning Session, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Afternoon Session, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Parking lot level, grassy area in front of General Store and Restrooms
COST: $25 per bat house (up to 4 people per bat house), includes guided instruction and bat house kit
Bats are picky about the size of their houses which is why we are partnering with Habitat for Bats, a local Georgia bat conservation organization, to help you build the most inviting bat house possible. Habitat for Bats will provide each person/ group that signs up with a Bat Conservation International certified bat house kit that you will build at the workshop with their full guidance and proper tools then take home.
* Regular park entry is required in addition to the program fee. Park entry fees are, $5 per adult 16 & over, ages 15 & under are free. We do accept the America the Beautiful Interagency pass
* Bring sun/ rain protection and something to drink. We also have a picnic area if you would like to bring a sack lunch
Geology and Natural Communities Talk & Walk
with Geologist Dr. Bill Witherspoon and Biogeographer Dr. Leslie Edwards
September 22 (rescheduled)
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Pre- registration suggested
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. There will be a table full of hand-on information and activities for guests not attending the program.
Raptor Meet ‘N Greet
with Georgia Mountain Falconry
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Master Class falconer and educator, Buster Brown, will bring native and non-native raptors to the Brasstown Bald Visitors Center. Two special presentations will take place at Noon and Three O’Clock in our mountain top theater along with a two hour meet n’ greet in between. Presentation seating is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.
The roster includes: Red-tailed Hawks, a Harris’s Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Lanner Falcon, Eastern Screech Owl, and Eurasian Eagle Owl.
Guests will be allowed to take photos. Kids are welcome!
Free program with park entry.