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Interpreting Nature

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Article Published: Jul. 5, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 31, 2012
Interpreting Nature

An interpretive ranger leads an orienteering program at MacRae Meadows. The program will be offered in July along with others when the interpretive rangers present programs each Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Photo by Carly Fleming



The Grandfather Mountain interpretive ranger staff is organizing several special programs for Grandfather Mountain guests this month.

The ranger programs are a mixture of many new ideas, coupled with some returning programs that provide participants of all ages and interests with a fun and educational opportunity.

Returning from last year is the “Orienteering” program. “This activity is perfect for Boy Scouts and others who are interested in learning the basics of orienteering and woodland navigation. Always a favorite among guests, orienteering programs allow guests to really benefit from the expert knowledge of Grandfather’s interpretive rangers,” according to park officials.

“Most of the events are brand new,” said Gabriel Taylor, chief interpretive ranger at the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “These events are family oriented and are appropriate for any age.”

One of these new programs is the “Peaks and Stories Around Us” program, where guests learn all about the peaks around Grandfather Mountain and the stories and history that make the area unique.

“You and Your Backpack” is a new program providing instruction for future back-packers. This “backpack 101” caters to all ages of would-be hikers and campers. Guests will learn what to pack, what types of equipment to have and how to use them.

“Beginner Bird Watching” is another instructional opportunity provided in July. In this entry-level birding program, participants learn the ideal field guides and the equipment to acquire and much more.

“Animal Tracks and Signs” is a program designed to inspire continuing interest and skills in participants, even after they leave the mountain. This activity will help guests identify exactly what creatures call their backyard home, the spokesman said.

All programs will be offered at 3 p.m. on weekends and are included in park admission. For more information about Grandfather Mountain interpretive ranger programs and to view a full schedule of events for the month of July, visit http://www.grandfather.com.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park sustainably in the public interest, provide an exceptional experience for guests, and inspire them to be good stewards of the Earth’s resources.

For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

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