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Be a Foothills Naturalist

Six Week Course

Offered through Polk Center Isothermal Community College. $90 registration fee. Call 828-894-3092 to register. Next class starts Feb 19-Mar 26. Monday mornings 10-:00am 1:00pm.

Become an Enthusiast of Nature

Learn from certified Master Naturalist, Cynthia Terwilliger. Each session will cover a single broad topic and involve a multimedia lecture and an outdoor activity within the Foothills.Topics covered include Appalachian geology, trees, wildflowers, birds, mushrooms, rivers and waterfalls ... and more depending on what we see.


Resources for the class are many. Most of them are outside experiencing nature. But there are some virtual opportunities , too. Here are some available through the internet.

Winter/Early Spring Sessions

Overview and Introduction

  • Walking into spring - equipment suggestions guides, over view of class
  • Field trip to Nature path behind ICC

Identifying Trees

  • Learn to identify trees from their bud tips, bark, and other tips - learning about forest communities 
  • Harmon Field field trip

Appalachian Geology

  • Learn about how the area was formed, what it contains and how to identify the rocks that make it up 
  • Field trip tbd

Flowers, Bugs and Birds

  • Learn about the pollinators and why they are crucial players in spring
  • Field trip to FENCE

The Forest Floor

  • A  look at what it happening outside as spring brings things back to the surface
  • Fieldtrip to Pacolet Valley Conservation Area

A Final Field Trip

  • Spend the class time at Pearson's Falls using our new found skills to see what we can see (you pay your admission fee - bring a lunch)