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Cradle Of Forestry Offers Beaver And Butterfly Sessions - Brevard, NC


May 22, 2017

The Cradle of Forestry invites the public to a program, “Bogs, Bugs and Beavers,” on Saturday, May 27. The program begins in the Forest Discovery Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an introduction about beavers’ adaptations to living in a watery world. Then naturalists will lead walks to elevated boardwalks along the Pink Beds Trail, interpreting the beavers’ wetland creating activities, the changing habitats they create, and the woods and water along the way.

Each program lasts about 1.5 hours with a walking distance of about two miles. Participants can use nets provided to dip for aquatic insects and salamanders from the boardwalk. Binoculars are welcome to observe birds, butterflies and dragonflies that thrive in the scenic Pink Beds valley.

The Pink Beds is part of the 6,500-acre Cradle of Forestry in America area of the Pisgah National Forest. Beavers have been active in the valley for more than 20 years, creating early succession habitats and changing flow patterns of the South Mills River. The boardwalks, constructed largely by Forest Service volunteers, allow recreationists elevated access while protecting this fascinating wetland area.

The Cradle of Forestry in America also invites the public to a Butterfly Bonanza Monday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rita Venable, author of the book “Butterflies of Tennessee” will be at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center to share her expertise and enthusiasm fro these fluttering pollinators. She will sign copies of the book beginning at 10 a.m.

Butterfly themed crafts and children’s activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 1 p.m., Venable will lead a stroll through gardens and meadows around the Cradle’s Forest Discovery Center, identifying butterflies and focusing on what to think about when planning a natural area or garden for butterflies. Participants can learn what butterflies need to survive, what gardeners need to know, and problems some gardeners experience when planting a butterfly garden. She will also discuss whether butterfly houses work or not, as well as tips for plant selections.

Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age. America the Beautiful passes, Golden Age passports, and Every Kid in a Park passes are honored. The Cradle of Forestry is located on U.S. 276 six miles North of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information, call (828) 877-3130 or visit


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